Saturday, June 25, 2011

Savory Oats w/ feta and black pepper

After class this morning one of my students, Maribel, asked me if I had ever tried savory oats. Of cousre I replied, "Savory oats? What do you mean?" She then told me about how she cooks steel cut oats and seasons them with a little salt, black pepper and cheese (a hard stinky kind of cheese...I've forgotten the name, but since she comments on my blog regularly I'm sure she'll remind me....). Oh, and sometimes Maribel puts a soft boiled egg on top.

I'm all about savory! I like my sweets as much as anybody else, or turn one into another or combine the two and I'm a happy gal! I'm proud to say that I'm the one that reminded Maribel about using a pressure cooker and she has been using it like crazy, even doing her own side by side taste tests! (I'm trying to talk her into writing down her results so I can post them here, on my blog!)

Steel cut oats are a breeze in the PC. 1 cup steel cut oats to 2 cups water, (or stock if making a saory dish), 1 tsp kosher salt, lock the lid, bring to high pressure, cook for 10 min. (probably not even that long, but that's my time table), and viola! (remember though...this makes 4 servings @ 150 cal per) Top with cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

I picked up some crazy good sheep's milk feta cheese at the PA Famers' Market this morning and OM freakin' G! I would not normally use a cheese like feta, but the one I got at the FM is very mild, not so sharp. Some shaved parmesan would be my first choice had I not come across the other. I think this will quite possibly be my dinner meal every night this week.

I think most people forget that black pepper is a spice and therefore seriuosly unappreciated and under used as an ingredient. While looking up some info on black pepper I came across recipes that included black pepper ice cream! Here is a link with more info about black pepper....give it a go, expand your ideas...


elle pee said...

This looks great! I will post a link to it from my facebook page on monday!

I'm visiting my sister in the U.S. now, and just discovered "lemon pepper" in her pantry. It is DELICIOUS!!! I think it's just a combo of dried lemon zest and pepper. Wow!

Ciao, and thanks for stopping by!

making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

Maribel said...

I'm so glad you liked it! The stinky cheese is Edam. It's very sharp, hard and has a lot of flavor so you don't need very much of it. It's used a lot in traditional Yucat√°n (Mexico) cuisine.

I'll be writing up my test results for a pork roast. PC vs Oven vs Slow Cooker. Almost sounds like an Iron Chef battle...hey, it could be Iron Pressure Cooker. LOL!

Kellie said...

This is something different but one I will definitely try. Being from the south I grew up with my grandmother putting butter and sugar on my oats. I love the internet and I love this blog I learn so many new and interesting ways of using ingredients. I am off to Earth Fare now to get organic ingredients. Have a great day!!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Elle p,

thanks for the link I hope to be doing alot more pressure cooker blogposts regularly.

Tracy Reifkind said...


Iron Pressure Cooker! Hey, I think you have something! Wouldn't it be fun to make it a challenge by posting a "secret ingredient" and seeing who comes up with what?

Too much work...I'm tired already!

Tracy Reifkind said...


I ended up putting some roasted corn and butter on my Savory Oats for dinner tonight...and plenty of black pepper!

julie said...

i was introduced to savory oats a some years ago. people sort of cringe when i speak of it. my favorite seasoning combo is tamari, hot sauce and plain yogurt. yummmy!

Kellie said...

I finally got my oats to turn out right. My little button won't pop up so I just kinda guessed at when to start timing and then I didn't let them go but about 6 or 7 minutes. The Edam cheese is good. I will try the feta next time. I like the strong cheeses. I will not let this PC get the best of me although there for a while seems I was burning everything in it.