Thursday, November 3, 2011

Toasted Oatmeal with Roasted Nuts and Dried Fruit

Prepared November 3, 2011. Toasting the grain before cooking deepens the flavor and gives a toothsome texture to the dish. Adding dry fruit and roasted nuts boosts nutrition, fiber, and buttery flavor.
1 T butter or olive oil
1 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 t salt
2 c hot water
2 T brown sugar
2 T light cream, milk, or vegan substitute
1/4 c ground roasted walnuts or almonds
1/3 c dried fruit such as raisins, figs, prunes  cherries, apples, blueberries, cranberries
In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high, melt the butter. Stir in the oatmeal and salt. Toast for about 2 minutes with stirring until light brown in color. Stir in the water, sugar, and nuts. Simmer uncovered with occasional stirring about 12 minutes until thickened. When 5 minutes remain, stir in the dried fruit and continue cooking. Stir in the dairy, cover, and let stand 15 minutes to let the flavors mature. Serves 2 to 3 generously.