Good morning! Time for breakfast. Delicious.
Lately, I’ve been making my breakfast oatmeal Italian style. Cacio e pepe, or, with cheese and pepper. Oatmeal was good before- don’t get me wrong. But once oatmeal met fresh ground pepper, olive oil, and parmesan, it was a game changer. When I added a fried runny egg to the top, it was a life changer.
Usually, I make quick oats. Three minutes in the microwave and it’s ready. But, for something special in this entry, I decided to try steel cut oats. Which, coincidentally, my new GP recommends I consume for breakfast every day. Oatmeal is really good for you!
Steel cut oats are combined with water and simmered for way longer than quick oats take in the microwave. About thirty minutes according to the package directions, but Mary Kay the completely reasonable and funny nurse practitioner says that she puts a cup of oats in a pan, pours four cups of boiling water over it, and lets it sit overnight. Then, she transfers the oatmeal to a bowl in the morning, adds a little more hot water, and nukes it for a minute. However you decide to fix it, it is worth it- steel cut oatmeal is nutty and chewy and delicious.
I forgot to try the overnight method last night because I was half worrying about the music lineup for the wedding, half starting to write this entry, and half watching YouTube clips of the third season of Eastbound and Down that Coach was showing me. He is a Kenny Powers enthusiast. So, I’ll talk to you about when I made this oatmeal on the stove. My oatmeal did not take the entire 30 minutes to cook, but it took more than the amount of water than the directions called for. I would say that for first timers making this on the stove, don’t worry- just don’t go too far. You don’t want oatmeal crust on the bottom of your pan.
When your oatmeal is finished, put a lid on the pan to keep things toasty and warm. Then, it is time to make an egg, sunny side up. To keep things light, since there is already a teaspoon of olive oil involved in this breakfast, you can use some olive oil spray for your egg. Salt and pepper your a little bit. Once your egg is done but the yolk is still runny, put your oatmeal in a bowl. Add your egg to the top of your oatmeal and drizzle it with a teaspoon of olive oil. Add a generous amount of freshly ground pepper, a little salt if you want, and then a tablespoon of shaved/grated/shredded Parmesan.
Enjoy oatmeal in a different way. It is so delicious!