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Simple Breakfast: No-Cook Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

Last week I was talking with a new friend (hi Sara!) and she mentioned how much she loves overnight, no-cook oatmeal. I am familiar with this (also known as muesli) but the new thing here was that she said that she especially likes making it with steel-cut oats. Really? I said. They're so... chewy. Steel-cut oats without any cooking at all?

Why yes! And they are delicious. This has got to be the simplest way to make steel-cut oats (and all of us here at The Kitchn love steel cut oats).

Here's how they taste. Chewy. Really, really chewy. If you like chewy and fairly dense cold cereal (think Grape-Nuts) these are totally right for you. They are deliciously nutty and chewy, and they make a very filling breakfast.

They really couldn't be easier, too. Here's how I make them. I pour 1 cup of steel-cut oats into a bowl, then mix them with about 2 cups milk, a dollop of honey, and a bit of cinnamon and ginger. I like to add a scoop of raisins, too, and a bit of grated citrus zest. Then I refrigerate the oats overnight. (If you want to do just a little extra work, you can sauté them in a little butter first.)

In the morning the oats have softened enough to eat. They are delicious when eaten cold, mixed with some grated apple or chopped peaches, or topped with blueberries and almonds. They are dense, rich, nutty, and very filling — a fantastic breakfast.

Do you ever eat muesli? Have you ever tried making it with steel-cut oats?

How To Make Creamy Make-Ahead Steel-Cut Oatmeal


Do you eat steel-cut oats for breakfast? This time of year I turn to them gladly: nothing like a bowl of hot, tender, pearly oats, all creamy and delicious. Steel-cut oats take a little longer to cook than rolled oats, but that's not a problem. Set them up the night before and you'll have hot oatmeal in the morning almost instantly. It takes only two or three minutes to heat them up. Here's how I prep my oatmeal the night before.

I call for 1 cup oats here. This will make enough for 3 to 5 servings. Remember, when you make steel-cut oats you really should make enough for a whole week, or at least several days. Unlike gluey, sticky rolled oat oatmeal, steel-cut oatmeal is great when reheated the next day. It just gets creamier — not ickier.
So make a big pot and eat out of it all week.

How To Cook Steel-Cut Oats for Breakfast the Night Before

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon butter or olive oil
1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water
3-fingered pinch salt
1 cup milk (optional)

Tools
2-quart saucepan

PREPARATION
1. Start this the night before you want to have steel-cut oatmeal. Measure out your oats. This quantity will make about 4 servings.

2. Heat about 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Add the oats and fry them for about 3 minutes, or until they start smelling toasty.

3. Pour in the water and add the salt. Stir.

4. Bring to a rolling boil.

5. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Leave it on the stove, and go to bed!

6. The next morning, uncover the pan and bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer. If you would like thinner and creamier oatmeal, stir in a cup of milk before reheating.

7.When the oatmeal is warm, scoop out and enjoy!

Tip
Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. 

Re-heat leftovers in just the same way: warm up on the stove, or in a bowl in the microwave.

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