I've had some steel cut oats in my cupboard for a while now and have been thinking that its about time I used them. I just bought the "Way to Cook Vegetarian" cookbook from Cooking Light and they had a recipe in there using steel cut oats that you cooked, cooled, cut and then sautéed in a frying pan. They serve theirs with a cider syrup and fruit compote. While it all looked good (um, that is why I wanted to make it), I wouldn't be me if I wasn't thinking up some other way to serve these up. I love how this turned out and will definitely be making this one over and over!
P.S. These are Grumpy approved. :)
adapted from Cooking Light - Ways to Cook Vegetarian
for the cakes:
2 cups water
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups steel cut oats
for the syrup:
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pure maple syrup
Bring the water, milk, salt, and brown sugar to a boil. Add steel oats and bring back to a boil, then turn burner down to a simmer. Simmer about 20 minutes or until oats have thickened and liquid is absorbed.
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Pour oat mixture into pan. Set aside to cool. When cool, place in refrigerator to chill at least one hour (longer is better).
When you are ready to sauté the oat cakes, removed pan from refrigerator and turn pan upside down. You may need to jiggle one side loose, but once you do that, the rest will fall out of the pan fairly easily. Cut oats into squares or triangles.
I used a little butter to sauté my cakes but you can also use cooking spray. Heat frying pan over medium heat and once butter sizzles, or pan is hot, add oat cakes you have cut into pan. Let sauté about 3-4 minutes or until browned, then turn to sauté other side. While your cakes are sizzling, add your syrup and cranberries to a small sauce pan and turn heat onto high. Once syrup starts to bubble, turn heat down to bring just to a simmer. Simmer 2-3 minutes - don't go much longer as this will thicken quick fast.
Place cakes on serving plate and top with cranberry infused syrup. Top with toasted walnuts if desired.