Do you ever wonder why you do some things? A few weeks ago, I searched high and low on the internet for a steel cut oats recipe. I used to buy it in the frozen food section at Trader Joe's, but thought I would try to save money by making steel cut oats myself.
I had read that making steel cut oats was time consuming and was looking for a shorter alternative. I had tried making steel cut oats in the crockpot a few times and was satisfied with the results. They weren't great. But I uninstalled the browser I was using and I couldn't find the crockpot recipe. I tried different search engines. I found one recipe that looked promising so I tried it that night. Yuck! It was not tasty at all. Every time, I searched for steel cuts oats, one of the first results was a recipe by Alton Brown on the Food Network website. After wasting more time on the internet than it would have taken to make steel cut oats on the stove, I decided to try to the Alton Brown recipe.
Alton Brown's steel cut oatmeal recipe. I usually buy the oats in the bulk section at the natural grocery store. I've added a lot more brown sugar, vanilla and omitted the buttermilk in the original recipe.
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups boiling water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
pinch of salt (optional)
In a non-stick pan, melt the butter and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast.
Boil water in saucepan, add brown sugar and vanilla, and stir.
Add the oats to the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer.
Simmer low for 25 minutes. Do not stir.
Add the milk to the oats; stir gently to combine and cook for 10 more minutes.
Stir occasionally to keep oats from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
Makes four servings. I like to serve with toasted almonds and fresh fruit on top.
Lesson learned - sometimes you don't save any time by trying to save time. Oh well!