This is the oatmeal recipe I wear tattooed on my, um, heart. I’m thinking it’s time to share the love.
Today is National Sandwich Day. I like sandwiches a whole lot, especially this one and now the looks of this one. But I am just not feeling the sandwich thing today. I had tuna salad for lunch, and I didn’t even put it on bread. Sorry, Earl-of. Nothing personal.
In fact, what I’m craving today is a real anti-sandwich. It’s totally rebellious on Sandwich Day. Did you know that oatmeal could be rebellious? I’ll tell you one thing—it looks at least as good on a Harley as some of the other dudes I’ve seen riding by on the weekends.
Oatmeal is one of those foods, like guacamole, for which everyone who cares enough to go the homemade route has his or her own special recipe. This is mine—my perfect oatmeal. One way or another, it’ll be revving engines on weekend mornings. I hope you’ll give it a shot at yours.
My Perfect Oatmeal
2 cups whole milk
2 cups water
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
A pinch of salt
Fresh or dried fruit, chocolate chips or nuts, optional, for serving
1. Combine all ingredients in a 3- to 4-quart heavy pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oatmeal is creamy and a little thinner than you like it (about ten minutes, give or take). Cool for a few minutes and serve topped with fresh or dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts.