Saturday, September 24, 2011

Breakfast #46: Steel Cut Oats with Muscovado Glazed Bacon

I haven’t shared any breakfast here in a while…shame on me. After all, this blog is named after breakfast, and I did make a resolution to post more of them. So far, relatively speaking (and that is relative to my own historic posting frequency), I have been able to post more breakfasts that I did in the previous year – and average of at least once a month, compared to a dismal four breakfast posts for the whole of last year! And, as of today, I already have more posts in total than in 2010. I know I am far from a prolific blogger, with only one post a week, but I feel good that I’ve reached some of the goals I have set in January (that new look for my blog still remains a hopeful dream). Slow and steady wins the race they say, and I’m hoping they weren’t lying!

And where all this quantification came from I have no clue. Could it be as the end of this year comes undeniably closer? Ssshhh...Let's not rush it!

Anyway, onto breakfast. I posted about savory oatmeal before. I love oatmeal in all its incarnations so having another way to enjoy it is always welcome. One of my readers commented saying that she might like a sweet and savory type oatmeal and I thought, “Why not?” I whipped up a bowl of oats topped with crispy bacon and drizzled with honey…simple and delicious. And that's where this version comes from.

Steel Cut Oats with Muscovado Glazed Bacon
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark muscovado sugar
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
- Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan.
- Once it boils add the steel cut oats, give it a stir, and then cover. Cook stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick until cooked to your liking. Some like it chewier than others. Add more water if it starts looking too dry.
- While the oatmeal is cooking lay the bacon strips flat on a plate. Sprinkle muscovado sugar on one side. You can be very flexible here, adding as much or as little sugar as you want. My bacon isn’t totally coated, but I wouldn’t say the sugar is sparse either. I like a good, even, generous sprinkling. Now, crack some black pepper over the sugar. Repeat with the other side.
- Rub or spray a non-stick skillet with a scant amount of oil and heat over high heat. When the pan is hot lay bacon strips on it and bring heat a touch down to medium. Cook until sugar is nice and caramelized and coating the bacon in a totally alluring way -- but not too crisp! The sugar will harden as the bacon cools so you don’t want to overdo it.
- Remove the bacon from the pan and transfer to a wooden chopping board. Let it cool for a bit (just a minute or two). It will stiffen and transform into a heavenly sort of bacon candy – you could eat it as is now and your life would never be the same again…but wait, there’s oatmeal!
- Chop the bacon into bite-size pieces. Divide your hot oatmeal in two bowls. Top with bacon. Enjoy!

Unlike my bowl of bacon honey oatmeal, the it's the bacon itself here that is sweet, almost candied. I would be a liar if I told you that I didn’t want to just grab all that caramelized bacon in my hands and eat it even before the oatmeal was done. But I resisted (for now!) and was left with a bowl of breakfast awesomeness that is both sinful and saintly. Here’s some optional advice: If you like your oats sweet with a touch of salty, add some honey to your oatmeal before topping with bacon. If you like it savory with a touch of sweet, add a pinch of salt to your oats as they cook.

Speaking of goals I set in January I am happy to report that, aside from the elusive blog look makeover, I have made decent headway on each. Aside from posting more often, and more breakfasts, I have also explored new ways to share my love for food more of you. I now have a regular column in my favorite local food magazine, and I have (despite my extreme nervousness) managed to go on about my pet cause of using leftovers (another resolution) on TV!

This may not seem like a packed year so far but between a regular day job (which is, by the by, not food-related or writing-related at all and has nothing to do with this blog), time with family and friends, and time for myself, it is a lot for me. And to all of you who know the drill, who go to bed tired from a stressful day of work, wondering if you did everything right between your job and your family, and if you even have the energy to, this is for you. For you, from me. You can.

And if you don’t believe me? Just sprinkle some sugar on your bacon tomorrow and tell me if you can’t move mountains afterwards ;)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a naughtily scrumptious breakfast dish! Terrific.



Katrina said...

OMG, Joey, you were on TV?! It was fun to watch you on screen! I'm so proud of you! :-)

Mieke Zamora-Mackay said...

Here's to all our goals and wishes. May we all achieve them, in good time. Always wishing you the best, Jo!

I've been seeing sugar/sweet glazed bacon a lot lately. I can't wait to try this.

Miri Leigh said...

Yum, this looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Mich said...

Bacon is definitely one of my new favorite ingredients and steel cut oats are often how I start the day. Why didn't I think about combining the two!? Great idea!

underqualified said...

What happens when you reach Breakfast #80?

Midge said...

I've been on a culinary Scots kick (or would it be better to refer to it as a culinary Highland Fling?) of late, so a savory "parritch" of oats and bacon is right up my alley. :) (And now, I'm thinking of a warm bowl o' oats seasoned lightly with sea-salt and topped with butter-sauteed mushrooms with parsley...)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Better to be naughty in the morning and repent in the evening ;)

Hi Katrina! Haha! Yes! I look kinda dorky, eeps :-/ Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging! :)

Hi Mieke! Yes, here's to that indeed! Wishing you the best as well! Once you glaze your bacon you will never go back to normal life but in a good way, heehee ;)

Hi Miri! You are welcome!

Hi Mich! Aaah, the goodness of bacon and the goodness of oats...yes, they can be friends :)

Hello there underqualified! You will have to stick around to find out ;)

Hi Midge! You always come with good suggestions :) Butter sautéed mushrooms...yes please!

Angela @ Pattycakesnpancakes said...

Wow I never would have thought to put bacon on oats. Sounds so delicious. Well...bacon on anything is darn good!

Marvin said...

Bravo Joey! Congrats on all your accomplishments thus far this year. And you looked wonderful on TV!

love cooking said...

The caramelized bacon looks so delicious. It should be good to serve with porridge too. :)

WizzyTheStick said...

Oh this is fabulous. In my mind you are a prolific blogger. I have no idea how you find the time to be so organized and post so often. it's always one of my goals but just never happens

Katie @ BloomEveryday said...

What a creative breakfast idea!

Junglefrog said...

Ooo I can so see how this would work absolutely brilliantly together! I do think bacon and sweet go together very very well. Looks wonderful!

Bron said...

How cool to see you on T.V Joey - you beautiful beautiful girl!
Congratulations on all your recent achievements, and best of wishes for the future goals.

Now mmm bacon, bacon, mmm bacon, everything is better with bacon! ;-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Angela! Bacon sure makes everything better right? :)

Hi Marvin! Thank you so much!!!

Hi love cooking! I’m sure it would be :)

Hi Wizzy! Thanks for your kind words :) I’m a big believer of the old fashioned paper and pen to-do list!

Hi Katie! Thanks!

Hi Simone! Bacon and sweet indeed complement each other so well :)

Hi Bron! Thank you for your sweet comment! It means a lot :) Yesyesyes to bacon! ;)

the food dude said...

Mmmm...bacon with oats, never thought oats could look this good! Great photos!

janislrobles said...

looks yum! this might just make me buy pork bacon again. I don't think sugar works well with turkey bacon since there's not a lot of fat compared to pork.

This reminds me of bacon jam, only not in a jar.

Mabuhay! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Food Dude! Bacon is the best accessory ;)

Hi Janis! Mabuhay to you as well and thanks for visiting :) Yes, I think will work better with pork bacon ;)

perudelights said...

I love the muscovado glazed bacon. I use a version of this in a salad and it´s yummy. Will try it with oatmeal.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Perudelights! Mmmm...I will try it in salad too!

betty said...

hahahaha I like the fact that you turned something healthy into something delicious with a tiny bit of extra calories!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Betty! I do that a lot ;)