I'll be honest, I am not typically an oatmeal person in regards to eating a bowl for breakfast. There are just other things I would rather eat. I always have good intentions to be an oatmeal breakfast eater, but every time I try, I am not satisfied and end up being disappointed that I didn't just eat something else for breakfast. At this point the calories have been consumed and I have to move on to being excited about lunch.
This all changed when I was looking through my Instagram feed last week and saw Giada DeLaurentiis's post of her breakfast, which was oatmeal and OLIVE OIL. Yep, you read that right olive oil and oatmeal! I had to do a double take too. Being that I love olive oil , I was intrigued to say the least.
I started to do some research and came across some savory oatmeal options on The Kitchn. From there I found a recipe that was a game changer for mine and oatmeal's relationship. There was a link for "Sexed-Up Oatmeal" that took me to Penny De Los Santos's blog. After I read her recipe, I knew that oatmeal and I were going to have a long happy life together.
Allow me to introduce to you oatmeal with olive oil, sharp white cheddar cheese, sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper! Oh my goodness, it is sooo delicious that I had to share it with you! Seriously after you read this go and get the ingredients and fix a bowl!
- 1/2 Cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats (you really don't want the instant or quick cook oats for this)
- 3/4 Cup Skim Milk or 3/4 Cup of Water (I use milk to add more protein)
- White Sharp Cheddar Cheese (just a few shavings on top)
- 1 Tbsp. of High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Bring your milk or water to a boil on the stove and then add in your oatmeal, reduce the heat and simmer until oatmeal has thickened to desired consistency, about 5-10 minutes. You could easily do this step in the microwave also if you prefer. After your oats are cooked and you have transferred them to a bowl, add your olive oil, salt and pepper, and cheese. That's it! Breakfast is done!
Now, if you want to make this even more decadent, feel free to add a fried egg...I did! The runny yoke mixed into the oatmeal only made the oatmeal more creamy and delicious!
If this recipe sounds a little strange and you have reservations, I understand, we are in a habit of making oatmeal sweet and not savory. But please give this a try and see if your mind is changed! It's full of nutrition (just go easy on the cheese), and will keep you satisfied the whole morning!
Since being introduced to savory oatmeal, my brain has been spinning with more oatmeal creations. My next experiment will be making oatmeal as a side dish for dinner! I promise after I try it, you will be the first to know!