Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The lovely image above (from The Kitchn) is what I was trying to make last night. Steel cut oats.
They're sometimes called Irish Style Oats and they're much better for you than regular instant or rolled oats. According to Wikipedia, they have a lower glycemic index and more complex carbohydrates than rolled oats (both good things). So, in the interest of having a hearty, healthy, warm winter breakfast, I picked up a canister last time I was at Trader Joe's (my Mecca).
I read all about them on various cooking sites and found a few recipes which called for the oats to be cooked overnight in the crockpot so that we would wake up to warm steel cut oats with cranberries and walnuts! Yum, right?
Well, we woke up to burnt wallpaper paste with cranberries and walnuts.
I think our crockpot is just too hot for this recipe. I don't have any photos of my results, but rest assured that it was an epic FAIL of the highest degree. To get the burnt part out of the bottom I added vinegar and boiling water to the crock. It was ugly.
I think I'll try steel cut oats another time with another method. I just need some time to recover from the sight and smell of this batch first. :)