Do you wish you had breakfast waiting on you in the kitchen when you wake up in the morning? And I am not talking Pop Tarts… (not that a nibble of a little Brown Sugar Cinnamon pastry ever hurt anyone…) No, I mean the best oatmeal you have ever had. Waiting. Right there for you when you wake up. Let me introduce you to Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal of the Apple Cinnamon variety.
Which is really odd because I am not an “add things to my oatmeal” kind of girl. And, prior to this recipe, I couldn’t get Miss Add to eat oatmeal.
But now? Every member of my family cheers at oatmeal morning.
And leftovers? They are fought over…
Seriously, you should see how Miss Add can wield a spoon.
It really is just too tragic to discuss…
Then I read how the author of the original recipe made a double boiler (scary word I know, but couldn’t be easier) by putting a bowl inside the crock and adding water around the outside of the bowl until it reaches halfway up the side of the bowl.
Note: Make sure you pay attention to that “halfway up the side of the bowl” part…
Not that I would know or anything, but I have heard… ahem… that if you ignore that little tidbit you might have your water boil over into your delicious oatmeal and your family –who has grown accustom to the perfect oatmeal by now — may not take too kindly to having a watery substitute… or so I have heard.
Anyhoo– back to the successful double boiler method…
It is genius.
And, it has revolutionized the way I cRock my pot!
In my opinion, so many tried and true recipes tend to be overcooked by new slow cookers these days (and that gives the pot a bad reputation in some circles). It is just that today’s crockpots just run hotter (even on low) than the old days.
But this method has given me my 8 hours back. With the double boiler method, I can actually fix it and forget it for a change and that water protects my food from burning.
I mean, I might *might* just try that breakfast casserole again sometime soon…
Also Note: This recipe calls for Steel Cut Oats. Do not substitute with yo mama’s old fashioned oats. Steel cut oats take longer to cook and are therefore perfect for a long night in the slow cooker.
Besides if you haven’t tried steel cut oats before, dude… you are missin’ out! The texture of steel cut oats takes oatmeal from a globby but yummy mess to a really nice texture.
Truth be told– my texture queen– Miss Add loves steel cut oats which is huge in this house because she used to really hate oatmeal mornings.