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Savory Oatmeal with Crispy Shiitakes

Savory oatmeal may seem surprising for a second, but once you get on board with the idea, it's a natural fit. A touch of soy sauce and a dab of butter launch this cheap and easy meal into full-umami territory. Feel free to add lots more vegetables -- I often do. Wilted spinach, corn kernels, and broccoli spring to mind. A little grated cheese or a few pieces of fresh or smoked mozzarella would also be delish.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • A sprinkle of fine sea salt
  • A few good grinds of black pepper
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 cups good vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 recipe Crispy Shiitakes
  • 4 seven-minute boiled eggs


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the salt and pepper and cook two minutes more.
  • Add the oats and stock to the pot, bring to a boil over high heat, and then simmer, stirring from time to time, until the oats have absorbed just about all the liquid.
  • Stir in the soy sauce and butter.
  • Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with an egg and plenty of crispy shiitakes.
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