Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast anymore, it also makes a fabulous healthy dinner! Try some savory oatmeal with soft-cooked egg and cheddar for a quick and satisfying light supper.
I have so many, many things to say about this recipe.
First, I think oatmeal is one of the more under-appreciated things in life. Somehow it has gotten a bad rap over the years…as a matter of fact, the Southern daughter said to me just this morning, “Mom, you and Dad are the only people in the world that actually LIKE oatmeal.”
I don’t think this is completely true, but I also think the world doesn’t fully understand and appreciate the wonder that is oatmeal.
First of all, it is actually good for you. Unlike some of my other favorite food groups, oatmeal is full of fiber and not full of other less-good stuff, so there’s that.
But I think that folks have gotten stuck in the usual ordinary ways of making oatmeal, which is basically boiling it up in some water, or milk if they go really crazy. Maybe tossing some brown sugar on top.
But people! There is so much more to be done! And one of my favorite, favorite approaches to oatmeal is the savory approach – going cheesy and a little salty instead of sweet and sugary.
(Yes, I know, I am messing a little bit with the whole healthy part, but really, it’s just a little bit. There’s no butter or cream or even bacon involved, I promise.)
ingredients you need to make this suppertime oatmeal!
Here’s how you make this savory, cheesy, egg-filled oatmeal!
STEP 1: Cook up the oatmeal the way you usually do, but at the end, toss in a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and stir it up. Taste it to see if it needs a little more salt – it might not with the cheese going on.
STEP 2: While the oatmeal is cooking, cook up an egg however you love it best. Poached, soft-boiled, over-easy…it’s your choice, just so long as the yolk is still nice and creamy. Because now you are going to plunk that egg into your bowl of cheesy oatmeal, and then break the egg up just a little so the yolk melts in.
STEP 3: Scatter a few scallions on top if you want, and then a grinding of fresh pepper, and you are done!
You’ll never look at your box of Quaker Oats the same way again now, will you? We usually have this for a light supper, but it would, of course, be an AMAZING breakfast as well.
More tips for making this comfort food oatmeal!
I am SO glad you asked, because this is one of the simple things I am so glad to have figured out. So much that I wrote a whole post on how to poach an egg, and you can find all the details right here!
Yep! Anything that is shreddable and meltable will work. Try it with grated Swiss, shredded mozzarella or even good old chopped up Velveeta.
You can! I like this best with regular rolled oats, but as long as you cook them according to the package directions, any kind of oats will work.
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Go give your oatmeal some love and respect now, okay?
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Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast anymore, it also makes a fabulous healthy dinner! Try some savory oatmeal with soft-cooked egg and cheddar.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
- 1 tablespoon sliced scallions
- Bring 1 cup water to boil in small saucepan. Add oats and pinch of salt and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup cheddar and stir.
- Meanwhile, soft-cook the egg in whatever way you like best. Soft-boiled, poached or over easy will all work, so long as the egg yolk is still a little liquid and creamy.
- Ladle oatmeal into bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and top with cooked egg. Scatter scallions on top and eat at once.
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