Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Slow-Cooker Irish Oatmeal

I love breakfast. And there is just something about waking up to a hot breakfast (that you don’t have to cook)! Enter Top o’ the Morning Irish Oats, made with steel-cut oats.

slow-cooker steel-cut oatmeal
This recipe is from one of Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbooks, “Slow Cooking All Year Round.” Don’t forget, I’m giving away a copy of this cookbook to one lucky reader, and today is your last chance to enter!

Slow Cooking All Year Round

Slow-cooking is a great way to cook steel-cut oats. This type of oat is less processed than the rolled or quick-cooking oatmeal you might be used to, and they need to cook a lot longer. (Sort of like the difference between white rice and brown rice.) Using a slow cooker means you can have steel-cut oatmeal ready as soon as you get up, instead of having to cook it for an hour!

Start with 1 cup of steel-cut oats in your slow cooker. steel-cut oats
Add 1 cup of raisins, or your favorite dried fruit. (If you’re using something bigger, like cherries, you’ll want to give them a rough chop first.) These raisins were a bit on the old side, but after a good hot overnight soak they were nice and plump again.

add raisins
Add 4 cups of water and 1 cup of half-and-half. That’s it! Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

We had this for breakfast on January 1. I mixed everything up before we went out on New Year’s Eve and stuck it in the refrigerator. When we got home I popped the crock in the slow cooker and turned it on. (I could even manage this after a few beers!)

The next morning, the oatmeal won’t look that great… I’m not sure if it’s the half-and-half or the raisins, but it does turn a light brown color, and the top may look a little dry. Give it a good stir, and you’re in business.

cook oatmeal overnight on low
Top with whatever you like. I used cinnamon, brown sugar, and slivered almonds. Pecans would have been really good, too. Pick your favorites!

slow-cooker steel-cut oatmeal
Here’s the printable recipe card:

Irish oats recipe card

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  1. I haven't tried slow cooker oats yet... gonna have to give it a whirl.

  2. You will love it! I forget and don’t make them enough... Going to have to get back in the habit for this cold winter!

  3. Seriously, where do you find steel cut oats? I'm going to have to go to the big town, WL, to find them.

  4. Check the organic section of your grocery store. They usually come in a plastic bag, about 1 pound. I can find them in Princeton, so all hope is not lost!


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