Jan 23, 2013
Irish Oatmeal with Apples and Raisins - Slow Cooker
I may or may not have a love affair with oatmeal. I love it in cookies and pretty much all other baked goods and I'll eat it in nearly any form for breakfast. (Evidenced by these baked oatmeal recipes.)
This is another slow cooker recipe from Slow Cooker Revolution. Making oatmeal this way was intriguing to me because I hadn't done it before and because I love steel cut oats but don't always think to make them. The method worked great, though, and it smelled pretty delicious in the house. The oats were perfectly cooked and everything had time to meld together. This definitely makes enough for a crowd so I broke down the leftovers into individual servings and froze them. We haven't tried any that were frozen yet but hopefully they are just as delicious!
Irish Oatmeal with Apples and Raisins
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups steel-cut oats
8 cups water
1 pound apples (2-3), peeled, cored, and shredded
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup brown sugar, packed (plus more for serving)
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
honey, to taste, for serving (optional)
1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add oats and stir to coat in butter. Cook, stirring often, until oats are toasted and fragrant, 2-3 minutes (watch carefully). Transfer to slow cooker.
2. Add in water, apple, raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir together and then cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, until oats are softened and thickened.
3. Let oatmeal sit for about 10 minutes and then stir very well and serve with additional brown sugar and a drizzle of honey.
slightly adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchen