Steel cut oats are a new family favorite. My family is big on the old fashioned oats but had never tried steel cut. I recently had a packaged of Irish Oats sent to me to try. I have to admit I am huge on oatmeal. It is probably my least favorite breakfast option.
I tried the Irish Oats (steel cut oats) in a traditional Irish Porridge the first time. Oh my goodness. Who would have known something as simple as porridge can be so yummy with a dab of butter and a drizzle of honey or maple? Throw in some fruit and things get crazy.
What is the difference between steel cut oats and old fashioned rolled oats you ask? The process. Traditional oatmeal is steamed, then rolled flat, steamed again and yada yada yada (processed).... steel cut oats? Whole and raw oats. They are slightly chewy and have a different texture than oatmeal does but the taste is just easy easily adaptable.
The thing I love most about steel cut oats is that I can make them in my slow cooker before I go to bed, wake up in the AM and walla breakfast is served. I typically just add a bit of maple, apples, and some butter. To make my breakfast more deserty... (because I enjoy breakfast more if it tastes like dessert) I whipped some maple syrup into some mascarpone cheese and served it on top with sliced apples.
It was amazing.
Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Maple Mascarpone Cheese
1/4 cup room temperature butter
5 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 3/4 cups dry steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup room temperature mascarpone cheese
2 tbs maple syrup
*additional butter optional
*additional syrup optional
Rub butter on the bottom and sides of your slow cooker. Pour water, syrup, oats and salt into the slow cooker. Give a slight stir. Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours (or overnight).
Before serving using an electric mixer whip cheese and 2 tbs maple syrup together. Dollop on each serving of oats. Serve with apples optional.