A simple creamy savory oatmeal recipe made with creamy melted cheese, sweet caramelized onions, miso and topped with a soft-boiled egg. A delicious breakfast or lunch that can be made ahead of time.
To most people (myself included), oatmeal is something that is enjoyed during breakfast; is creamy, sweet and comforting and super easy to make (instant oatmeal!). However, in Chinese culture, breakfasts tend to be savory (like congee) so I borrowed the idea of congee and crossed it with the delicious cheesy grits and this cheesy savory oatmeal was born!
For this recipe, I used miso to give the savory oatmeal its savoriness and umami base and I used caramelized onions to give the oatmeal a touch more flavor because I find that onions give amazing flavors to everything, especially when they have been been caramelized. The cheese gives this oatmeal it’s creaminess and I find it transforms the oatmeal from boring to comforting.
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS SAVORY OATMEAL
- Steel Cut Oats – For this recipe, I used quick cooking steel cut oats because it cooks faster. You can use traditional steel cut oats but you will need to increase the cooking time and amount of water.
- Miso – I like using a white miso for this so that it doesn’t overpower all the other flavors in the oatmeal (onions and cheese).
- Onions – You can use any type of onions to caramelize, I like to use whatever I have on hand.
- Cheese – I like to use bold flavor cheeses for this recipe. Aged or medium cheddar work great, as well as smoked cheddar!
- Milk – I like to use milk mixed with water/broth for this recipe but you can also use almond milk as well. Just make sure it is not sweetened or flavored.
TRADITIONAL STEEL CUT OATS vs. QUICK COOKING STEEL CUT OATS
The main difference between the 2 styles of steel cut oats is the way it is cut. Quick cooking steel cut oats are cut into finer and thinner pieces and cook faster than the traditional steel cut oats which are cut into chunkier pieces. If you use traditional steel cut oats, you will need to cook it longer and add slightly more water. I haven’t tried this myself but I also was told that soaking them helps cook them more quickly as well. If you are using quick cooking steel cut oats, cook it like you would traditional oatmeal – for me it is about 10 minutes of cooking.
TOASTING THE OATS
I love adding flavors through layering and I truly believe that toasting ingredients add another depth of flavor to recipes by bringing out a toasty flavor to it. While I am waiting for the water/milk to boil in the pot, I use that time to toast the steel cut oats in a dry frying pan on low heat. Remember to constantly shake the pan to keep it moving, so it doesn’t burn.
CARAMELIZING ONIONS FOR THE SAVORY OATMEAL
Another layer of flavor in this recipe is the sweet caramelized onions. Caramelized onions is a labor of love and takes a very long time to make because it is a low and slow process so I cheat whenever I make it, and use butter and a touch of maple syrup to it to speed up the caramelization process. If you can’t find maple syrup, you can use honey as well, but use a bit less and mix 1/4 teaspoon of water to it.
HOW TO REHEAT SAVORY OATMEAL
One thing I love about this recipe is, you can make a large batch and store it in the fridge to have anytime you want. I like to heat it up in the microwave until it is soft – but keep in mind that the fridge may dry the oatmeal out a little, so you may need to mix 1-2 tablespoons of hot water to it after it has been re-heated to give it back it’s creaminess again.
If you do make a large batch of this and enjoy it with a soft-boiled egg, you can also boil a bunch of eggs ahead of time as well! Just remember not to peel them until you are ready to eat it.
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Cheesy Caramelized Onion and Miso Savory Oatmeal
- Grate the cheese, and set aside
- Peel the onion. Cut the onion in half and thinly slice it
- Add butter and oil into a frying pan and set the stove to medium heat
- Once the butter has melted, add in the sliced onions and cook until they are soft (approximately 10 minutes)
- Once the onions are soft, adjust the stove to medium low heat
- Add in the maple syrup and a pinch of salt and cook the onions until they are brown (approximately 5 minutes)
- Once they are brown and caramelized set it aside
Soft Boiled Egg (Optional)
- Place the eggs in a small pot and cover it with cold water.
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water.
- Set the pot on the stove over medium heat and put the lid on. (Don't leave the stove area until the water starts to boil)
- Once the water starts to vigorously boil, set a timer for 4 minutes.
- Once 4 minutes is up, remove the lid and run cold tap water over the eggs for 2-3 minutes to stop the cooking.
- Once the eggs have cooled, they are ready to be peeled and cut in half to place on top of the oatmeal!
- (Note: If you are making a batch of these eggs ahead of time, store them in the fridge and don't peel them until you are ready to eat them)
Cooking the Oatmeal
- In a pot, add in the milk and water and set the stove to high heat
- (Optional, but highly recommended) While you are waiting for the water/milk to come to a boil, toast the steel cut oats on medium low heat on a dry frying pan. Make sure you are constantly stirring or shaking the pan so that it doesn't burn. Toast it until it is golden brown (approximately 3-4 minutes)
- Once the water/milk starts to boil, adjust the stove to medium-low heat
- Add in the steel cut oats and stir.
- Cook it for approximately 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the oats (approximately 10 minutes). Stir it occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once the oats are cooked and creamy looking, adjust the stove to low heat and stir in the miso. Mix well until the miso has melted into the oatmeal.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the grated cheese and mix well until the cheese has melted and the oatmeal looks creamy. If it is too think, you can add a few tablespoons of hot water and tweak it to the consistency you like.
- Stir in the caramelized onions and it's done!
- Spoon some in a bowl, top it with a soft boiled egg and some additional garnishes and eat!
- Toasting the oats is optional, but adds a nuttiness to the oatmeal.
- For this recipe, I used quick cooking steel cut oats because it cooks faster. You can use traditional steel cut oats but you will need to increase the cooking time and amount of water.
- I like using a white miso for this so that it doesn't overpower all the other flavors in the oatmeal (onions and cheese).
- I like to use bold flavor cheeses for this recipe. Aged or medium cheddar work great, as well as smoked cheddar!
- I like to use milk mixed with water/broth for this recipe but you can also use almond milk as well. Just make sure it is not sweetened or flavored.
- If you are making a big batch and storing it in the fridge, it can be easily re-heated in a microwave! If it's too thick after it has been microwaved, add in 2 tablespoons of hot water to make it creamy again.
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