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Savory Steel-cut Oats

Using oats as a breakfast alternative may be as old as the hills, but serving savory steel-cut oats at dinner time is a more modern twist on the timeless classic.

Savory Steel-cut Oats

Break the routine and infuse your evenings with the comforting nostalgia of savory oats or just enjoy a savory breakfast early in the morning.

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Steel-cut oats – rolled oats or oat groats are good alternatives. See the varieties of oats here.
  • Vegetable stock – chicken stock or water can be used as well.
  • Button mushrooms – any type of mushroom will do.
  • Garlic
  • Spinach – take your pick of alternative vegetables.
  • Avocado
  • Egg – this ingredients is optional as the dish is vegan without the egg.
  • Tomatoes
  • Spices, salt & pepper

How to Make Savory Steel-cut Oats

Step 1 – Cook the steel-cut oats according to the directions on the packaging. They cook in about 15-20 minutes.

For a savory flavor, use vegetable, chicken stock or even water. Milk is may be more appropriate for a breakfast oatmeal, but can be used here as well.

Step 2 – Slice the mushrooms and cook them in a little bit of olive oil. Add garlic, salt and pepper and mix a tablespoon of lemon juice at the end.

Towards to end of the cooking time of the mushrooms, add the spinach to the pan and cook until wilted. Add a little bit of salt & pepper.

Step 3 – Plate the dish by transferring the steel-cut oats to plates, top with the mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and avocado slices.. Sprinkle with some pepper flakes and Enjoy!

Step 4 – If applicable. While plating the savory steel-cut oats, fry the eggs (sunny side up or your preferred way). Or boil an egg.

Alternatives and Substitutes

  • Any type of oat can be your go-to option. See for varieties here. If you’re not a fan of oats, and you want to substitute a wholegrain, think about farro, barley, buckwheat, brown rice, freekeh or quinoa, to name a few.
  • You can use a variety of liquids to cook the steel-cut oats. Obviously, stock will keep the oats savory, and milk will turn it more into a breakfast option, however milk can also be used in this recipe and will give it a touch of creaminess (especially if you use full cream milk). If that’s not something you’re looking for, by all means cook the oats with water and then you can use them for breakfast and/or dinner.
  • The vegetable toppings can be anything you like, cabbage, onion, chickpeas, carrots, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, zucchini etc.
  • Add a meat component like bacon, salami, ground meat, chicken or turkey
  • Add cheese or nuts or seeds.
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Savory Steel-cut Oats

Author: Marinka
Using oats as a breakfast alternative may be as old as the hills, but serving savory steel-cut oats at dinner time is a more modern twist on the timeless classic.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
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Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

Steel-cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups stock (NOTE 1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings

  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (NOTE 2) slices
  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 avocado slices
  • 2 egg
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 ounces tomatoes

Instructions

  • Cook the steel-cut oats according to the directions on the packaging. They cook in about 15-20 minutes. (NOTE 1)
  • Slice the mushrooms and cook them in a little bit of olive oil. Add garlic, salt and pepper and mix a tablespoon of lemon juice at the end.
  • Towards to end of the cooking time of the mushrooms, add the spinach to the pan and cook until wilted. Add a little bit of salt & pepper. Keep mushrooms and spinach separated.
  • Plate the dish by transferring the steel-cut oats to plates, top with the mushrooms, spinach, avocado slices and tomatoes. Sprinkle with some pepper flakes.
  • If applicable. While plating the savory steel-cut oats, fry the eggs (sunny side up or your preferred way). (NOTE 3)

Notes

  1. You can use a variety of liquids to cook the steel-cut oats. Obviously, stock will keep the oats savory, and milk will turn it more into a breakfast option, however milk can also be used in this recipe and will give it a touch of creaminess (especially if you use full cream milk). If that’s not something you’re looking for, by all means cook the oats with water and then you can use them for breakfast and/or dinner.
  2. Any type of mushroom will do
  3. Instead of a fried egg, you can opt for boiling an egg.

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Fiber: 19g
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