All my life I’ve watched people eat oatmeal in disgust despite having never tasted it before. I have to admit I was a pretty finicky eater when I was young…the kind of kid that couldn’t have his food touching on the plate. There was something about oatmeal that grossed me out. I think it was people pouring a bag into a cup and pouring milk into it and popping it in the microwave. I couldn’t understand how that could be delicious. That was until I saw an oatmeal recipe in one of Martha Stewart’s cookbooks and it was the first time I saw oatmeal and thought, “wow, I want to eat that right now.” So I got some good organic oatmeal and made the recipe and it was absolutely amazing! I mean, its like healthy risotto for breakfast. It didn’t have any crunch in it though and I always need a little crunch in soft food, the contrast makes any dish better. So I tweaked that basic recipe to how I enjoy it most and this is it. If you happen to be as foolish as I’ve been for 25 years and have never tried oatmeal, just stop holding out and make this recipe.
This recipe serves two, plan accordingly.
1 Cup Organic Whole Grain Rolled Oats
3 Cups of Whole Milk or Water (Milk is wayyyyyyy better but its up to you)
6-7 Strips of Good Quality Bacon
2 Eggs (Fried but still has runny yolk)
1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 Scallions, Sliced
Salt & Pepper
Stack up the bacon and cut them in pieces like the picture below.
Put them in a cold, non-stick pan without any butter or oil and turn the heat on to medium-low to let the fat slowly melt so you get nice, crispy pieces of bacon for that crunchy texture contrast. I don’t have a picture of the finished bacon but you can see it in the last picture.
Measure out the milk and pour it into a small pot…
…add a pinch of salt and bring it just to the point that its about to boil…
…whisk in the oatmeal.
Bring that to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer covered for 15 minutes when its nice and thick.
Wipe out the pan you cooked the bacon in and about 5 minutes before the oatmeal is done, heat the pan on medium and melt a knob of butter.
When the pan is hot and the butter is melted, crack two eggs and cook them gently until the whites on top settle and the yolk is still runny. Season with salt and pepper.
By then the oatmeal should be done and look like this…
Thinly slice the scallions.
Spoon about half the oatmeal into a bowl and shred about a half cup of the cheddar and some of the bacon bits…
…top that with the fried egg, more bacon, the scallions and a bit more cheese. Then crack that yolk, mix it all up, eat it all up and enjoy a good morning.
It’s kinda funny how something that I once shunned from my body is now the only thing I ever want to eat for breakfast. I guess that’s what happens when you try new things. DO IT!