A friend of mine recently instagrammed a picture of her savory oats. Savory oats?! I had never heard of it and it confused my senses. Oatmeal has always been a sweeter breakfast food to me, meant for cinnamon, syrup, fruit, and berries. Oils, meat, and veggies on oatmeal? Weird! Turns out savory oats are totally in right now in the foodie world. Oats are just another grain, like rice and quinoa, so I guess it’s not that weird. I just have to retrain my brain. With the Snowtastrophe on it’s way here in DC, I’m planning on being stuck in my apartment with tons of time to experiment with food. So, I thought I’d get over the weirdness of it all and start by taking a crack at savory oats!
I figured I’d try, again, to poach an egg. Every time I’ve done this it comes out horribly. To my surprise, it worked this time! IT WORKED!! Well, it worked on the second egg. But, at least it worked. I used these instructions. My previous attempts didn’t include creating a whirlpool in the water. That step was key.
If you’re not interested in going through an entire carton of eggs just to get one decently poached egg, use a fried egg instead. Cook an egg over-medium or over-easy and plop it on top of your oatmeal. A boiled egg could work too. Check out this chart from Bon Appetit to boil the perfect boiled egg here.
I cooked the oats following instructions on the box. Once the oats were done, I transferred them to a bowl and stirred in chili flakes, about a teaspoon of chili oil, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Stir, stir, stir, and then add your ingredients on top. Sliced avocado, basil, and a poached egg were my ingredients of choice this time around. I finished it off with some freshly ground pepper and sea salt.
This savory dish was SO surprisingly good — and healthy! And quite honestly, they’re the same ingredients I’d use for breakfast anyway … just not with oatmeal. I can see myself eating this for lunch or dinner, too. It would make a great post-workout meal if I add a second egg or some chicken sausage for more protein. I can’t wait to try different combinations. I’m open to suggestions!