This is definitely a different treatment for this staple breakfast food, but why not? Here are two recipes that are against the grain:
Oatmeal with Sauteed Mushrooms, Onion, and Thyme
- 2 cups water (1 cup water if using old-fashioned oats)
- 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal (or rolled old-fashioned oats)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional to taste
- 1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 to 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 3 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- Flaky sea salt to taste
- Cracked black pepper to taste
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
- Bring water to a boil in a pot. Pour in oatmeal, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, until oats have reached desired tenderness.
- Meanwhile pour oil into a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and thyme sprigs and saute until mushrooms turn golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. (If liquid dries too soon, add 1 teaspoon oil at a time.) Remove thyme sprigs.
- When oatmeal finishes cooking, remove from heat. Scoop into pan with vegetables and mix thoroughly. Transfer to serving bowls and add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
Spicy Oatmeal with Peanuts, Cilantro, and Ginger
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1/2 serrano chile, with seeds, minced
- 1-inch piece ginger, minced
- 1 pinch red chili powder
- 2 pinches curry leaves
- 1 roma tomato, diced
- Salt to taste
- 1 small handful cilantro (or to taste), chopped
- Combine oats and water and cook on high heat in microwave for 2 and half minutes or until cooked. Set aside.
- Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add mustard seeds. When they start to pop (about 1 to 2 minutes), add peanuts, onion, serrano, ginger, chili powder, and curry leaves. Stir and cook about 3 minutes, until peanuts are lightly toasted and spices are aromatic. Add tomato and salt to taste. Pour in oatmeal and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until heated. Stir in cilantro and serve.