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I think it’s safe to say that J and I have made hundreds of pots of oatmeal in the past decade, if not more. Now I wish that I had counted, so we could celebrate that 1,000th pot properly. It’s coming soon, if it hasn’t already come and gone unnoticed.
Oatmeal is good for you, I know. And I love oatmeal. Oatmeal with berries, apples, bananas, raisins. With brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, peanut butter. I like a sweet bowl of oatmeal as much as the next person. But you know what else is good for me? Variety. I can’t get enough of these savory oatmeal combinations right now. So did you make the Savory Oatmeal with Curry, Greens, and Caramelized Onions? Did you make the Savory Oatmeal with Black Pepper, Blue Cheese, and an Olive Oil Fried Egg? Am I getting to be a broken record here? Good news, friends, I’ll be moving on soon, I promise. To…sweet oatmeal!
Savory Oatmeal with Mushrooms, Parmesan, and Thyme: For one serving (just multiply the quantities to make more), combine 1 c. water, 1/2 c. rolled oats, and a good big pinch of salt in a small pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-15 minutes (the time it takes to cook to your liking will vary depending on the thickness of your oats). Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, warm a teaspoon or two of olive oil over medium-high heat, then pile in 4 oz. sliced mushrooms and a handful of thin slices of red onion. Cook until the mushrooms release their liquid and begin to brown, then add a few pinches of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Continue to cook until the mushrooms are browned to your liking, then remove from heat. (Optional: stir a little minced garlic into the mushrooms for the last minute or two of cooking.) Add the warm oatmeal to the mushrooms along with a handful of grated Parmesan and about 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, and stir to combine. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and/or grated cheese.
Oats and More Giveaway! The nice folks at Bob’s Red Mill have generously offered to give away a Breakfast Bundle to one lucky Emmy Cooks reader. The Breakfast Bundle includes Muesli, Honey Almond Granola, Organic 6 Grain Cereal, and Organic 7 Grain Pancake Mix in addition to Steel Cut and Thick Rolled Oats (value: $30.34). Here’s the scoop:
- To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell me about your favorite savory (or sweet!) oatmeal combination, or your favorite breakfast. You may also enter up to three additional times if you follow Emmy Cooks on (1) Facebook or (2) Twitter or (3) if you sign up to receive daily updates from Emmy Cooks via email or your own RSS reader. Just leave a separate comment below for each entry (up to 4 total per person).
- Comments made before 11:59 p.m. (Seattle time) on Monday, Dec. 10 will be counted as entries. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The winner will have 48 hours to claim her/his prize by providing a mailing address; otherwise another winner will be chosen.
- Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and up.
Full Dislosure: In addition to providing the prize for this giveaway, Bob’s Red Mill also sent me three kinds of oats to try. These and these and these! Did you ever see so many kinds of oats? I never thought I’d get rich blogging, but I am rich in oats. For the moment. More full disclosure: if you follow Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook you’ll see some nice bird photographs in your feed in addition to great recipes.