Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl of hearty oats? I could probably eat a bowl of oatmeal everyday and be totally happy, partly because I like to switch things up depending on if I am craving something a little sweet or a little savory. You can also peak at this bowl of oats in my recent promo video for my new Silja From Scratch youtube channel. Here is the recipe and some other oatmeal ideas.
1/2 cup oat bran
2 cups milk (or water, depending if you want a creamier bowl. I use Trader Joe’s goat milk)
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese plus some for sprinkling on top (or goat cheese if you prefer)
2 pieces of prosciutto
Handful of basil or other fresh herbs
2 dollops of greek yogurt **optional
1 tbsp Trader Joes Green Dragon hot sauce ** optional
The Process: (Serves 2)
In a saucepan add 2 cups of milk (or water) over medium heat.
After you reach a simmer add the oat bran. Turn the heat to medium-low and let sit for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If the oats and milk seem a little too thick add a little more milk, if they seem wet, keep stirring (they will thicken over time and when you add cheese).
Stir in cheese after the oat consistency is as desired, I usually prefer oats runnier than thicker.
Turn the heat to low and let sit while you prepare a separate skillet for the fried egg and prosciutto.
Add butter to a skillet on med-high and let it sizzle. Then tear apart the 2 pieces of prosciutto into small pieces and toss them in the skillet. Remove after about a minute or when the prosciutto is a bit crispy. Set the crispy bits aside on a paper towel and to make room for the fried egg.
The pan should have a bit of leftover grease in it, which is perfect to fry the eggs in. You can also poach eggs instead for a lighter version.
Keep the same heat to fry the eggs as desired (I like the yolk runny), and once the eggs have fried you are ready to assemble your bowls of happy 🙂
Poor the warm savory oats in a bowl, sprinkle with a little extra parmesan cheese, a bit of basil, and place the egg on top. Top with pepper, or red pepper flakes, a dollop of greek yogurt and a few drops of Trader Joes Green Dragon hot sauce.
** You can also use goat cheese instead of parmesan and add a dollop of pesto on top of the bowl to be stirred in later. (another favorite version)
Stay tuned for more Bowls of Happy variations (next time: MISO)