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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Irish Oatmeal

I never liked oatmeal - it was too gluey - kinda like wallpaper paste! But Irish oatmeal is quite another story - it is more like eating rice pudding for breakfast! and the leftovers (this amount of oats makes about 3-4 cups) can be nuked the next day with a little milk and it's even better.

You'll notice I use much less water than is usually called for with Irish oatmeal - I like it a little chewy and not so gloppy - but if it gets dry - you can add a bit of milk before eating - or cream - even better!

2 1/2 cups water

A pinch of salt

1 cup Irish/Steel cut oats

a bit of sugar or honey

fruit - whatever - about 1/2 cup

maybe some walnuts? cinnamon? apples?

In a medium saucepan, add water and salt.

Bring to a boil then stir in oats.

You could add raisins now - or other dried fruit - it makes them softer,
Reduce heat to low.

Cover and allow to cook, simmering gently, for 15-20 minutes until grain is tender and water is absorbed.

It is not necessary to stir the oatmeal as it is cooking.

Dish into serving bowl and top with raisins, dates, peaches - whatever.

Serve with half & half or milk in a small pitcher  - or straight from the carton.


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