Overnight Oatmeal

May 29, 2007

(adapted from Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Everyday by Roy Finamore)

A cereal grass, oats were first brought to the US around 1600, when they were planted on the Elizabeth Islands (off the coast of Massachusetts) by sea captain, Bartholomew Gosnold. This whole grain (highly nutritious in all its forms) can be put in a low oven to “bake gently” overnight to make a hot, creamy, delicious meal that’s ready for you when you awake.

1 c. steel-cut or Irish oats
4 c. water
A generous pinch of salt

Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

Place the oats, water and salt in a heavy saucepan or deep heavy casserole. Stir, cover, and put into the oven and bake for 8 hours.

To Serve: Add warm milk or cream, to taste; brown sugar, maple syrup or jam can be used to sweeten; and sliced bananas (or other fresh fruits), dried cranberries, raisins or figs and/or nuts to top.

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