A touch of soy sauce and a dab of butter launch this cheap and easy meal into full-umami territory. Add vegetables and grated cheese for a full bowl of deliciousness.
By Carolyn Cope
Savory oatmeal may seem surprising for a second, but once you get on board with the idea, it’s a natural fit. A touch of soy sauce and a dab of butter launch this cheap and easy meal into full-umami territory. Feel free to add lots more vegetables — I often do. Wilted spinach, corn kernels, and broccoli spring to mind. A little grated cheese or a few pieces of fresh or smoked mozzarella would also be delish.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- A sprinkle of fine sea salt
- A few good grinds of black pepper
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 4 cups good vegetable stock
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 recipe Crispy Shiitakes (see instructions to make these in the link above)
- 4 seven-minute boiled eggs
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the salt and pepper and cook two minutes more.
- Add the oats and stock to the pot, bring to a boil over high heat, and then simmer, stirring from time to time, until the oats have absorbed just about all the liquid.
- Stir in the soy sauce and butter.
- Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with an egg and plenty of crispy shiitakes.