My new friend, Peggy, says to me,”Oh, you use your crock pot, do ya? Have you tried making Irish oats in it yet?”
“I didn’t know you could make oatmeal in the crock pot,” I answer.
“Oh, yeah. Who wants to stand there stirring the milk all day waiting for it to warm up?” Peggy is the only person I’ve ever met who also complains about how long it takes milk to warm on the stove in order to make oatmeal. “Try it,” she says. “You’ll never go back.”
First off, I thought I must be the only person in the universe who makes oatmeal with milk. Every time I tell someone I do, they look at me like I have nine heads. That’s how my mama made it.
This was so good, I didn’t even want to share it.
Now that’s good food. And I owe it all to Peggy.
Makes 4 servings. Cooks 2 hours on HIGH, plus 1 hour on LOW depending on crock pot. Don’t try to make the morning you wake up hungry. Make the day before. You’ll be glad you did!
What you’ll need:
1 cup steel-cut oats, you’ll need steel-cut if you’re doing them in the crock pot. It does make a difference on this one!
4 cups of 1% or 2% milk (This increases the creaminess. Skim milk doesn’t cut it this time.)
How to Cook it:
1.Pour oats and milk in the crock pot and turn on HIGH.
2. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours and then lift the lid and check it! If it’s not creamy enough or not yet at the consistency you like, let cook up to an hour longer on LOW. If you like it chewy, 2 hours should be good to go.
I’ll never cook it on the stove again. It was the creamiest oatmeal I’ve ever eaten, even from a restaurant or anywhere abroad. I have tried for years to perfect the morning porridge I begged for in Brazil. This is as close as I’ve gotten, and I think it’s just as tasty. Finally, my oatmeal dreams have come true! I cooked mine 3 hours on HIGH and it burnt a little on the sides, but it tasted perfect. I serve it with chopped pecans, but walnuts work well, and I always top with fruit–whatever’s in season. If it gets a little thick after sitting in the fridge, just add a bit of milk. Enjoy!
Other ways to make oatmeal:
- Quick & easy, fluffy gluten-free oatmeal (healthyhitsthespot.com)
- Nummy Vegan Oatmeal Shake (veggielation.wordpress.com)
- 5 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal (kokolikes.com)
- Slow Cooker Pear Rose Cardamom Cake Oatmeal – the Oatmeal to Help You Escape the Monday Blues (healthyslowcooking.com)