Take your oatmeal outside the bowl and try this unique pan-seared oatmeal with fresh fruit and yogurt. You’ll love the crispy buttery crust on the outside.
Pan-seared oatmeal, guys. I’m pretty excited about this. Push aside that typical bowl-of-mush oatmeal and replace a beautifully presented pan-seared oatmeal.
The scenario starts basically the same as the bowl-of-mush (which, by the way, I also love). Cook steel cut oats and milk (and a couple other pantry staples) until they are thickened. Then pour it into a baking dish and let it cool in the fridge overnight. Once it is firm, you cut it into slices. This is where the magic happens.
Heat a pan with some butter (of course!) and sear a slice of oatmeal until golden brown and crispy. Top with anything you want! I chose yogurt and fresh fruit, but I’m also looking forward to trying this with maple syrup, some fruit preserves, or milk.
It’s also a great way to get a head-start on breakfasts for the week. Pop a pan of this oatmeal in the fridge and then in the morning all you have to do is cut a slice and sear it up, top and serve. The combination of oats and milk (and yogurt if you go that route!) will keep you full all morning long. It’s an easy and delicious way to get your day off to a great start.
Used in this recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups steel-cut (Irish) oats
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- generous pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
- Topping suggestions: yogurt, maple syrup, fresh fruit, milk
- In a large and deep saucepan, add the oats, milk, water, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until thick. Be careful as it gets thick – it tends to bubbly violently.
- Spray an 8×8 or 9×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour oatmeal in, smooth out into an even layer, and let cool in fridge overnight.
- When completely cooled and set, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add a small pat of butter (about a teaspoon). Slice oatmeal into squares and place into heated pan with butter. (I did mine one at a time). Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and heated through.
- Serve immediately topped with your choice of toppings (I recommend yogurt, maple syrup, honey, fresh fruit, or milk).
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Husband’s take: I don’t think he actually tried this one…
Changes I would make: None are necessary but I can’t wait to try some new flavors and toppings — what would you put on it?
Looking for more oatmeal recipes? Try: Carrot Cake Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Creamy Banana Oatmeal, or Overnight Oats with Fruit and Honey.
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