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...