Monday, January 11, 2010

Steel Cut Oats

Have I mentioned how much I love oatmeal?
Not just any oatmeal, though.
That instant powdery stuff in the packages...not for me!
Only good 'ol Steel Cut Oats will do...almost like straight out of Grandpa's oat field.

What are Steel Cut Oats?
Glad you asked!
Steel cut oats do not look like regular oats at all. Regular and instant oats have been rolled which gives them that familiar "oatmeal" look. Steel cut oats are cut right off the stalk. Someone one referred to them as "chicken feed". Please don't let bother you, though! They are such a tasty, hearty way to start off the morning!

Speaking of hearty, steel cut oats are high in protein, fiber, and B-vitamins. They also count as an amazing serving of whole grains. Rolled oats have been steamed, rolled, steamed and rolled again, and then toasted. Although still good for you, much of the nutritional value has been processed...or rolled right on out of there! ('s really kickin' in this morning!)

You can find Steel Cut Oats right next to the rolled oats in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. They also go by the name Irish Oats. I find them to be a bit costly at the grocery store. Never fear, I have a frugal solution! Many of you have heard me talk about Keller's Kountry Store, now called The Baker's Pantry located in Dallas Center. This fun little store has steel cut oats for dirt cheap...98 cents a pound! That's approximately four cups of oats per pound. One cup will feed the kids and I for breakfast. Not bad...25 cents for a warm healthy breakfast for four!

So how do you cook this wonder food? Awhile back, I shared a little gourmet over-the-top way to fix steel cut oats here. Usually, I just fix them on the stove with water. Since our stove was on the fritz last week, (Cody got the burners to work and now we're just waiting for an oven part...yeah!) I had to come up with another way to prepare our oatmeal. Slow Cooker to the rescue!
I found a great recipe here and it worked out pretty well. I doubled it, also, since we were all home and the boys seem to be on a!

Steel Cut Oatmeal for the Crock-Pot

1 c. steel cut oats
4 1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. salt (I left this out)
2-3 T. butter (I left this out, too)

Mix oats and water in a greased crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.*A "crust" sort of formed around the edges. I should have stirred it sooner to prevent this.

Mmmm...pure goodness there!

Steel-cut oats are good topped with brown sugar and milk, agave nectar and blueberries, or my newest favorite topping: Honey, Walnut and Dried Fruit Topping.

A super sweet friend gave me this delicious topping in a beautiful jar for Christmas. Being the recipe stalker that I am, I found the directions so I could make more...can you imagine, the first jar is already gone?Honey, Walnut, Dried Fruit Topping

1/2 c. walnuts, toasted and cooled
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. dried apricots, cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1/2 c. good-quality honey

Stir together nuts and fruit; transfer to a 6-ounce jar. Top with honey. Topping can be refrigerated in jar up to 1 month; to serve, bring to room temperature.

Hope Steel Cut Oats become your favorite breakfast, too!


Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Wow......I have never heard of such a thing--I will have to look into that--Hayden LOVE Oatmeal

peter marie said...

I bought steel cut oats, but have yet to use them. We're really into toast and bananas right now...maybe it's a good week to switch things up!

Following The Fosters said...

because of you i am addicted to steel cut oats! i get them in the health section at hyvee in those dispensors...i dont remember the price exactly but it didnt seem like it was that much money. yum!

Erin said...

I love oatmeal so will have to look into this.