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Float My Oats #2 Bacon and Gouda

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I recently had group of darling friends over for brunch and mimosas.   I decided to experiment on them with savory oatmeal.  Unanimously they were skeptical. But luckily I have awesome friends and they gave it a try. The smell of bacon wafting through the house definitely didn’t hurt.

I am thrilled to report that it was a huge hit.  There is something so satisfying about this recipe. I chose two kinds of cheese, a really creamy Gouda and a Sharp Gouda,  mostly because both tasted so good at the store, I couldn’t pick between the two.  Definitely hit the cheese counter for this recipe.

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Bacon Mushroom and Gouda Savory Oatmeal in Rice Cooker

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 40m
  • Total Time: 55m

Ingredients

  • 2 c Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 tsp. Chicken Better Than Bouillon ( low sodium)
  • 4 c Water
  • 1/2 lb Thick Cut Bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c Salted Butter
  • 8 oz Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary, finely diced
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme, finely diced
  • 1/3 lb Gouda Cheese, grated
  • Olive Oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Add bouillon paste to warm water and stir until dissolved. Add steel cut oats and water to rice cooker, set to \"brown rice\" and let it do its magic.  For this large of batch it took approximatley  40 minutes.  Be sure to check your rice cooker for specific directions on cooking oatmeal.
  2. Chop bacon into small pieces and cook until crisp.
  3. Place on paper towel and set aside.  
  4. Remove grease from pan.  Then add 1 Tablespoon of the butter and garlic to pan cook on medium high heat for 1 minute then add mushrooms, rosemary, and thyme.  Sauté mushrooms for 4-5 minutes or until tender remove from heat and set aside. Grate cheese.
  5. Once rice cooker is finished, add remaining butter,  grated cheese, and the mushrooms  stir until combined.
  6. Place a heaping mound of Oatmeal in dish, top Oatmeal with a drizzle of olive oil, a crack of salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle bacon crumbles on top.

I really hope you enjoys this recipe and that it changes the way you view oatmeal.

xoxosarah

Float My Oats

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My love of Oatmeal began back in 2008 when I watched Alton Browns episode on Oatmeal.  I immediately started making oatmeal in the crock-pot. I loved how easy it was to wake up to those warm, cozy oats. I noticed that very few people shared my wild enthusiasm for oatmeal but after many sleepless nights contemplating this tragedy,  I concluded that its boring image needed to change.  The days of Ooey-gooey oatmeal drowned in milk, with predictable toppings, is over starting now.

Maybe itst the wanna-be-foodie in me, but oatmeal is meant to be bathed in Olive oil, a crack of pepper, shreds of sharp cheese and perfectly steamed vegetables. Its meant to swim in luscious coconut milk, with fresh  pineapple chunks, and shaved coconut. I could go on and on..and I promise I will.

I have tried numerous cooking methods but a couple years ago my friend Heidi introduced me to my favorite method, the rice cooker.

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It is really fast and I love the texture, Its more like rice than a porridge.

I usually turn the rice cooker on when I first wake up and then come back to it when I’m finished getting ready for the day.

I use a 2 to 1 ratio of  water and steel cut oats. You can sub the water for just about any liquid. My favorite substitutions are chicken stock and coconut milk.

Here are my go-to recipes

Savory Oatmeal in Rice Cooker

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 25m

Ingredients

  • 2 c Warm Water
  • 1 c Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 tsp. Chicken Better Than Bouillon ( low sodium)

Instructions

  1. Add bouillon paste to warm water and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add steel cut oats and water to rice cooker, set to "brown rice" and let it do its magic.  
  3. (Be sure to check your rice cooker for specific directions on cooking oatmeal.)
  4. My cooker takes about 20 minutes for a small batch and 40 for a large batch.  
  5. Add toppings.

Sweet Oatmeal in Rice Cooker

How to make Sweet Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker.

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 20m

Ingredients

  • 1 c  Water
  • 1 c Coconut Milk
  • 1 c Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Honey

Instructions

  1. Add steel cut oats, water, and coconut milk to rice cooker.
  2. Set to \"brown rice\" and let it do its magic.  
  3. (Be sure to check your rice cooker for specific directions on cooking oatmeal.)  
  4. My cooker takes about 20 minutes for a small batch and 40 for a large batch.  
  5. Once the rice cooker is done, stir in butter and honey until mixed well. Add toppings.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to oatmeal.  You may be skeptical but that is OK.  I look forward to converting you.
xoxosarah