My sweet tooth doesn’t generally kick in until after breakfast. Unless we’re talking homemade apple pie, I’d rather save the sweet stuff for lunch or dinnertime. This goes not just for crappy sugary cereals, but pancakes and waffles too.
Don’t go all Amanda Bynes on me. I promise you, I do love a big stack of blueberry pancakes fresh off the griddle. However, unless it’s a lazy, off-work morning and nearing close to lunchtime, I usually want to wake up to savory, not sweet.
I’ve been seeing a lot of savory takes on oatmeal lately, and given my typical morning temperament, I decided to give one a chance. I chose a recipe from 101 Cookbooks, a blog I’ve been following for quite some time now. The recipes you’ll find there are generally simple but elegant, and always make me want to dive in.
This particular recipe calls for just four ingredients, along with a handful of your chosen toppings. As simple as it is, it really reinvents a morning bowl of oats. Toasty, and slightly salty from the miso, the bowl really becomes what you decide to chop up and throw on top of it.
Funny how just a few posts ago I was pleading for help on what to do with radishes. Now I’m eating them for breakfast.
For this, I went with some fresh herbs and minced onion to compliment the miso, and thinly sliced radishes to add a bite to the subtle, sweet flavor of the butter. Delish. I felt great after eating this, and will be adding it to my morning rotation, radishes and all.
Have you tried any interesting versions of savory oatmeal? I’d love to hear about them!
Recipe via 101 Cookbooks
- -1 Tbsp. butter
- -1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- -3 cups water
- -1 Tbsp. miso, or to taste
- -Topping options: Thinly sliced radishes, toasted walnuts, toasted sesame seeds, minced parsley/chives/herbs, minced sweet onion, creme fraiche, etc.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, stir in the oats, and cook until the oats get well-toasted and fragrant, stirring frequently. Stir in the water, and simmer until absorbed. Remove from heat.
- Place the miso in a separate bowl, and scoop a few big spoonfuls of the oats into the bowl. Stir well, and then thoroughly fold this miso back into main pot of oats. Taste, and adjust with more miso, until it is to your liking.
- Add lots of toppings, and enjoy.