Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries


Steel Cut Oatmeal is way better than the Quaker Oat version, except for one thing. It takes a long time.  It doesn't even look like the same thing. 


The Quaker Oat version is steamed and rolled and very tasty, but not as good as the steel cut version. 


But I wanted some.  So I made a batch.  From getting things out of the pantry to eating takes about 45 minutes.  So I started the water and then I fed the animals.  I added the oatmeal and then I emptied the dishwasher.  Made the coffee and poured my first cup.  Stuff like that.  So it didn't seem too long to wait.  It was worth it.

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries

4 cups water
1 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 Tablespoons walnuts
2 Tablespoons cream

This is a perfect cold morning meal.  Put 4 cups of water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Add the oatmeal and stir.  Steel cut oatmeal Bring it back up to a boil and stir from time to time until it starts to look a bit creamy.  Then turn it down to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.  You will still have to stir from time to time.

While it is cooking, get out the frozen blueberries you put up during the summer.  Or just any old frozen blueberries.  Place 1 cup in a small saucepan with 1 Tablespoon of sugar on medium high heat.  It started hissing and didn't get all melty like it does when I make a larger amount of blueberry sauce, so I added 1 Tablespoon of water.  Heat to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer.  If you cook it the whole time you are waiting for the oatmeal to cook, it should have cooked down to a lovely sauce.  Add an extra Tablespoon sugar if you like a sweeter sauce.  You will also have to stir this pan every once in a while.  I use a wooden spoon.  Just know that it may get a blue tint!


While everything is cooking and you are sipping from the coffee, get out the walnuts that you also have frozen.  Well, of course you do.  You buy in bulk and keep them frozen so you can have some any old time you want to bake!   Chop up a small handful.  I guess I did about 2 to 3 Tablespoons chopped, but I didn't measure.  Place the nuts and the brown sugar in small bowls and place on the table.  Place the cream on the table.


When the oatmeal is done divide it up into two bowls.  Put half of the blueberry sauce on top of each dish.  Add the walnuts and sugar to taste.  Float a small amount of cream on top and swirl it around.  It will turn a pretty color and be warm and filling...and nutty and delicious.

Lee said.  "It's good.  Why don't they call them purpleberries?" 

No clue.


Trista said, when told we had oatmeal and blueberries for break, "Sounds healthy!"

Sure it was.  Until we added the sugar and the cream.  Still, it was MOSTLY healthy!

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