Oatmeal cooking

PatriciaM
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New poster here, although I've been following JustBento and JustHungry for awhile now.

For some reason, I have quite a lot of oatmeal stocked in my pantry (instant version). Is there any other way to cook oatmeal other than just putting hot water and sugar on it? I'm quite getting tired of that taste, but I don't want to just throw away those oats..

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Stephanie
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

I think that if instant oatmeal (1 minute) was soaked overnight it would just disintegrate, but it usually works pretty well for rolled or steel cut (Irish/Scottish) oats. But as said above you can basically add anything to oats and it will be just fine.

I like mashed overripe banana with any of the following: blueberries, coco powder, or walnuts. If you add dried fruit while you are cooking, the fruit will rehydrate and sweeten the oats, I like cranberries and/or raisins. Or if you are like me and have a large stock of mashed pumpkin (I have quite a few bags in the freezer from cooking one pumpkin in the fall), you can spice it up like pumpkin pie. I really don't add sugar to any of these, since there is enough sweetness from the fruit.

Tab
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Hi,
try varying the taste with added ingredients or spices? You could throw in some cinnamon or vanilla if you like it sweet. Or use hot milk instead of water. Try adding raisins, dried apricots or other fruit, fresh or frozen berries, banana chunks...I often eat mine with ready berry soups that you can buy from the shop - just prepare the oatmeal and pour berry soup over it (mix if you want to). Or add spoonful of fruit or berry jam and mix.

Quite common way to eat oatmeal where I live is to add small chunk of butter on top of it and let it melt, and then pour some milk on the edges. But I prefer the fruit/berry version!

You can also use ready oatmeal in baking, just add that in bread or roll dough! That's what is quite often done with leftover oatmeal here. You could also add it without preparing it first, I'd imagine...at least you can do that with normal oats.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Um - you do put salt in it don't you? It's pretty nasty without salt. The traditional Scottish way to eat it is like this: mix your oatmeal with water and salt (I use about 1/2 teaspoon salt to say 1/4 - 1/3 cup oatmeal and a bit less than a cup of water) then bring it to the boil while stirring to prevent lumps, then simmer it until it's cooked, still stirring. This will take different amounts of time depending on the type of oats. Some even benefit from soaking overnight first, although there are also oats that cook almost instantly. Then you pour it into a plate and pour milk on and eat it. For a treat use cream instead of milk. I myself like about a teaspoon of brown sugar sprinkled on too, but my Scottish stepmother used to shudder at that. My sister-in-law puts yoghurt on it, and people (not Scottish traditionalists) mix in all sorts of dried fruit when cooking it too.

People also cook it with milk instead of water, and I guess you could use coconut milk too, although I've not tried it.

You can also make muesli, e.g. http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/recipes/2007/january/how-to-cook-toasted-mu..., but some people find eating it quite hard work.

But you can use it in baking. There are plenty of recipes around for muesli bars and what-have-you. Also added to the topping of a fruit crumble.

see:
http://australianfood.about.com/od/breakfast/r/MuesliBars.htm
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Muesli-bars-I/Detail.aspx

http://southernfood.about.com/od/fruitcrisps/Fruit_Crisp_Recipes_Along_w...

there's also this New Zealand and Australian traditional biscuit:
http://www.nzs.com/new-zealand-articles/seasons-and-celebrations/anzac-b...

You can pretty much replace some of the flour in most biscuit or slice recipes with oatmeal for a nuttier flavour and more texture.

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

It's also very good as an alternative to breadcrumbs when frying things. Fish that has been dipped in flour, then egg and then rolled in oatmeal before frying is lovely, particularly the oilier fish.

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

is it the kind that dissolves in cold liquids?
i use that a lot for adding some fiber, iron and other good things to baked goods that are made with white flour- pancakes, muffins, mushipan... for example 2 tbsp in a little orange juice for 6 mushipan as a sweet breakfast.
if the dough of your recipe is on the dry side, dissolve them in a little liquid first to avoid lumps. liquid things like pancake of waffle batter won't mind if you just throw in the dry stuff (if you've got the same kind as i do).
i also drink it dissolved in cherry juice as a liquid midnight snack when i can't sleep. maybe it's just a placebo, but i think it makes me sleep well, which oats are supposed to do..

Loretta
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

I'm sure chicken would be good with an oatmeal crumb, and shrimp fried in oats seems popular enough to be a celebrated Chinese-Malay dish http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2005/09/crispy-oat-prawns.html

PatriciaM
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Hmm, I haven't actually tried putting salt in my oats. Maybe it's already incorporated in instant oats?

Thank you very much for the links! I'll try some of these out.

PatriciaM
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Oooh that sounds like a wonderful idea! Thanks for the suggestion.. I wonder if it's good for breading shrimp or chicken as well...?

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

You could also look for oatmeal cookie or oatmeal bread recipes. Those usually don't call for instant oatmeal, but I'll bet there are a few recipes that do. Instant oatmeal could also be used for Cranachan, though the results wouldn't be as good as using non-instant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranachan
(there are loads of easy recipes for Cranachan on the web)

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Using the instant oatmeal as a breading ingredient is a good idea. You could also try throwing a couple of spoonfuls into meatloaf or meat patties. And if the packets are flavored, that could make for an interesting and tasty alternative. And for some crunch, you could try making the instant oatmeal as usual, but sprinkle the top with another dry cereal and fruit.

Elena
Re: Oatmeal cooking

I often grint oat in coffe-mill and use instead of part of flower for different recipes

BarbJ
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

I've also used instant oatmeal in a pinch in oatmeal cookies, when I ran out of regular rolled oats. Works just as well! Just cut back on the salt in the recipe since there's usually some salt added to instant oatmeal.
If it's a flavored oatmeal it's even better in the cookies! ^^

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

I use oatmeal quite a bit.

- we add chopped dried fruits and nuts to oatmeal for breakfast.
- in my meatballs instead of crackers
- in breads I substitute a cup of oatmeal (instead of flour)
- Gently toast the oats and use them as a topper for yogurt.
- You can also make oatmeal flour if you have some sort of grinder. Coffee grinders work well. But you can't use just oat flour in most recipes. You need to mix it with wheat flour. (Wheat flour has gluten, oat doesn't.)
- In cookies

My favorite "healthy" cookies are these:

SUNFLOWER SEED OATMEAL COOKIES

1 c. butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. molasses
2 eggs, beaten
3 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. wheat germ
1 1/2 c. flour (whole wheat pastry)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. rolled oats (use the instant oatmeal here...)
1 c. raw sunflower seeds

Cream together butter, sugar and molasses until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Stir in oats, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool a few seconds before removing.

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anon.
Re: Oatmeal cooking

Try using spices like Garam Masala or Tandoori to make your oatmeal a savory dish instead of sweet. I always add a bit of Garam Masala to my oatmeal instead of cinnamon, it gives it a great flavor. Also try brown sugar instead of white sugar (especially if you can get real brown sugar, not white sugar with molasses) to give a different flavor. Even using a bit of molasses instead of sugar gives a different flavor.

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

Oat chocolate chip biscuits, my all perpouse comfort food. st add a cup or so of oats and a quater cup of chocolate chips to your favourite biscuit recipie.
Oat topped fruit crumble, fairly self explanitory.
Bean burgers (400g pureed kidney beans, 100g oats, mix them together and make into burger shapes)
Earl grey porridge
Flapjacks
Home made muesli
The possibilities are endless...

Sorry, I'm a bit obsesse with oats, always have been. They can be used in place of bread crums or cornflakes in most recipies.

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Re: Oatmeal cooking
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Re: Oatmeal cooking

One of my favorite breakfasts is sweet rice porridge or oatmeal with walnuts, a chopped medjool date, and tons of cinnamon.

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Re: Oatmeal cooking

I always cook my oatmeal/porridge in milk or soymilk. Makes it so much tastier and creamier than water, in my opinion. =)
You only have to be careful to not cook acidic food/flavorings with the milk, such as pomegranate syrup or some jams, otherwise the milk will curdle and turn really nasty!
Add those flavorings only after cooking, as a topping.

As a sweetener, I've tried maple syrup, honey and sugar beet syrup, all quite tasty.

In addition to the sweetener, I like to add a bit of one of the following flavorings, at the end of cooking:
- cocoa powder
- matcha powder
- grated orange or lemon zest
- amaretto (bittersweet almond liqueur, yum!)
- spice mix of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, coriander

Rachel
Re: Oatmeal cooking

I usually make brown bread with oatmeal. Or I add it to meatball mix instead of bread crumbs.

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