This is so easy, maybe even too easy. Simple ingredients, one pot, a few minutes of active cook time (really, 4-5 minutes, maybe) and you go to bed. Wake up the next morning at your leisure and warm up the pot, done. If you can boil water and place a lid on a pot, this is in your wheelhouse. And what is produced is so good that 12-year-old boys will eat it (the ultimate firefighter taste test focus group). People, I give you overnight steel cut oatmeal like you’ve never had it, this is good.
When oatmeal comes to mind, thoughts of rolled, soggy oats that taste as well as it sounds filter into one’s mind. Over filled with expired cinnamon, dried out brown sugar, and fake butter is the norm for the fire service (sad but true). I wanted to provide a tasty, healthy alternative and prove that oats can have a place in the firehouse breakfast pantheon (pancakes, scrambled eggs, grits, toast, sausage, and bacon).
Know I have a soft spot for oatmeal for all the Quaker microwavable packets I ate as a youth on the go to school. But there is just something magical about steel cut oats (AKA: Irish/Scottish/Pinhead Oats). They retain some much-needed texture that makes one think of Irish/Scottish style porridge or Italian risotto. Nutty and chewy, they provide a great vehicle to top with a plethora of fresh or dried ingredients. Indulge.
A few after the fire critiques: I removed ¼ of the oatmeal and added quinoa (as seen in the pictures) and it was fantastic. This can easily be made the same morning, and there is many a recipe for that on the internet, (expect 30-40 minutes) with the same ingredients. FYI, doubling the recipe made enough for 10 people (probably 7-8 FFs) with some sides (eggs, toast, fresh fruit). This was too easy, and may not challenge enough those wanting to make a mess in the morning, in hopes of making the crew do a lot of dishes.
|Steel Cut Oatmeal vs. Quinoa (right)|
Water (3 cups)
Steel Cut Oatmeal (1 cup)
Buttermilk (½ cup + 1-2 Tbsp.)
Milk (½ cup)
Unsalted Butter (1 Tbsp.)
Sugar (1 Tbsp.)
Salt (½-1 tsp.)
Dutch Oven or similar
Spoon, spatula or similar
|Buttermilk adds the tang...|
In the morning, return the Dutch oven to low-medium heat till warmed throughout. Add the sugar and enough liquid (water/milk) to reach your desired consistency. Provide a buffet style offering of toppings from fresh/dried fruit, nuts, granola, sugar in any form (maple syrup, agave, turbinado, etc.), peanut/almond butter (it’s kinda cool), etc.
|Lightly browned butter|
|add the (Trader Joe recommended) Steel Cut Oatmeal|
|Toasted steel cut oatmeal|
|Last to add, salt, to the water, buttermilk, and milk|
|Lightly boil (it has milk so watch it doesn't boil over!)|
|60 seconds, really, that's it|
|Boil for 1 minute|
|Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Go to sleep.|
|This is what will await you...|
|Gently heat it through and set up the buffet bar of goodness|
|Ready to serve, indulge.|