If you have never tried steel cut oats, then now is the time. They are really quite different than rolled or quick oats–chewier, and nuttier.Even though they take quite a bit longer to make, you can prepare extra, refrigerate it, and then heat it up the next morning. When I do this, I usually divide up leftovers in separate microwave bowls. Then in the morning, I break up the cold oats (which turn into gelatinous bricks in the refrigerator) with a spoon, add about 2 teaspoons of water per bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for about a minute until hot.
steel cut oats with apple and cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups water
- pinch of salt
- cinnamon apples (recipe follows)
1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in oats and stir frequently until oats get a bit toasted (When you can smell them cooking, then they’re toasted). Pour in water and bring to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, add in the salt and reduce heat to a very low simmer.
2. Simmer the oats for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. If the water evaporates to quickly, you can add more as you go along. Pour into bowls and top with milk, cream, sugar, and the cinnamon apples.