Tuesday, October 20, 2009

oatmeal with egg.

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The handful of people I've mentioned this to have reacted in a variety of ways. I was all, "Oh man, I had this oatmeal this morning that was so good! I put a whole egg in it and stirred it in!" Then I heard reactions like, "WHOA DUDE, THAT IS GROSS." Or, "Why are you always trying to put eggs in everything?"

First of all, Renee, (Uh, Renee is my older sister.) I always try to put eggs in everything because THEY TASTE GOOD. And they have protein. And lots of other vitamins. GAWD. Second of all, why is it so weird to put eggs in oatmeal? It makes perfect sense. It's not like chunky egg bits, it gets stirred in at the last moment to make the oatmeal all silky and rich, almost custard-like.

Anyway, by request, here is a post about my oatmeal with egg. It's really straightforward, I just use the 5-minute Quaker oatmeal because it's really cheap and because I don't actually like the texture of the fancier, (and healthier, oh well) slow-cooked oats. Sometimes I am a lazy-ass, and so I eat the cheap-o oatmeal. But, because I'm a yuppie and I have like, PRINCIPLES and shit, I don't get the 1-MINUTE stuff, I stick with the 5-MINUTE stuff.

Anyway, I cook it as per the package directions, throw in a splash of milk, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, a drizzle of vanilla extract, and stir it all together. Then, keeping the oatmeal on low heat, I crack in one egg and immediately stir as fast as I can without making a mess. The egg is quickly incorporated and it doesn't really leave any chunks at all. I keep stirring for almost a full minute to make sure it's all the way mixed in, and then I spoon it into bowls, with an extra pinch of brown sugar on top and a little bit of kosher salt to bring out the flavors. This is my new favorite cool-weather breakfast staple and I plan to eat it all winter.

58 comments:

Renai said...

I have been fantasizing about oatmeal all week... (Is that weird? Do other people do it???) and this sounds AMAZING.

Widge said...

I get the 5 min stuff too. Never heard of putting an egg in it though! will try it and see if I can get away with sneaking some extra protein in for the kids brekky. Does it have an eggy taste?

Anna said...

Eggs make everything better! My poverty-stricken-student-time meal of choice was a bowl of steaming hot rice with a raw egg mixed through, similar to the method you described above. The heat of the rice cooks the egg more than enough. Some people just don't understand how versatile and sustaining eggs are!

amy said...

My husband and I adore your blog (and now my mother because I keep sending her recipes). And we have been into savory oatmeal with the same "that's gross" response until the grossed out parties try it. Steel cut oatmeal, soy sauce, sriracha, poached or shirred egg, maybe some grated gruyere, green onion and cracked pepper. It's addictive.

S@sha said...

Hi Alicia,

I'm pretty new at reading your blog and I thought I'd say hello-- hello! My first reaction to the idea of an egg in oatmeal was the, "oh, gross!," but then I immediately thought that maybe it makes it taste custard-y. Which I'm sure would be delicious. Last year I decided to face the fact that I've never been a big fan of sweet breakfasts (except occasionally) and started putting cheese, nuts and savory spices like rosemary, in my oatmeal. Or in my atole (imagine accent mark there), which is cornmeal based. Most people think its gross, but I love it. Maybe I'll try the egg-- savory and sweet.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

widge- i don't think it tastes particularly eggy, but i also like the taste of eggs so maybe it does and i just don't think about it? i put a pretty decent amount of sugar and vanilla in mine anyway :)

Maya said...

i am an oatmeal addict! ha. every morning, its quite amazing, and its my favorite! and in the winter is the best comfort to a cold morning.

egg in oats that is genus. and great added protein, may just try it :)

xo
maya

love the photo and all ur photography, saw this on flickr a few hours ago, and saved it as a fav ;)

Ashley said...

I always eat my oatmeal with an egg. My dad used to make it for me as a kid - almost the exact same preparation as you describe here. Love it!
I agree with you, it doesn't taste 'eggy.' It changes the texture, more than the taste, of the oatmeal. I eat mine with dried cherries and brown sugar, so good.

Nancy said...

Hmmm I think I might try this tomorrow morning :)

Jenn Sutherland said...

I am definitely making this tomorrow - count me in as another oatmeal addict. Steel cut, rolled, whatever - I love all oats (but being a gluten-free yuppie, I have to buy the stupid $6/lb GF oats - GUH). Can't wait to try this tomorrow.

Lacy said...

can something taste/sound/smell appalling and appealing all at once? i think so. and i'm totally going to try it. =)

Knick Knock said...

it's 7:20 am here in the UK so glad I read this before breakfast. I have 'porridge' everymorning so in goes the egg today.

makyo said...

this sounds FANTASTIC, but any idea if the egg gets cooked enough by the heat of the oatmeal to be considered safe? i'm preggers and as awesome as this sounds i'm wondering if i'd be better off postponing it until i don't have to be concerned.

Jennifer said...

I do this with grits or cornmeal. It got me through the first two weeks of being a new mom. Kicks ass. I'll have to try with oats.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

makyo, yes- the egg gets cooked by the oatmeal. you'll be fine.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

which is to say- i feed it to my 3 year old, so yes- i consider it safe.

Chris Tolomei (alicethelma) said...

I eat oatmeal every day and I have like you, PRINCIPLES, and shit, so it's the 5-minute variety. HOWEVER, I garnish my oatmeal with a dollop of reduced sugar apricot jam (Trader Joes). I'm gonna try your egg in the oatmeal trick because now I'm fascinated (and I like the idea of extra protein).

Eliana said...

I've never had egg in my oatmeal but it sounds good. My mom puts a soft boiled egg yolk in her mashed potatos and they are dynamite.

leslie said...

i just came across your blog, and it is truly gorgeous. i really adore this idea, especially as i eat oatmeal every morning - thank you for sharing!

Kelly J. Johnson said...

Holy crap, this is the best idea ever. Thank you! I've done this with grits but it never occurred to me to do it with oatmeal, and I eat oatmeal and eggs both constantly. They are perfect runner food and now I can combine them. Just to share a little, I've been putting pumpkin butter in my oatmeal and I think I may combine it with the egg idea. Oh and, I go through the exact same mental process when I buy oats too and 5 minute is the perfect compromise, as far as I'm concerned.

The Gastronome said...

This sounds fantastic! Why didnt I think of that...its brilliant Alicia, kind of like a breakfast carbonara minus the bacon. I will have to give this a go. By the way, I love your values, and I agree that eggs are amazing. Thanks!

Amanda Nicole said...

I'd add an egg to everything if I could, so I totally feel your love for the little guys. Definitely giving this a try :)

Lynn Richards said...

I am LOVING this idea! And the kosher salt? Oh, I can't wait to have my oatmeal!!
Lynn

Lisa-Marie said...

This souds really good! Also, it's no different to adding eggs to flour which makes all sorts of nice things!

Chocolatesa said...

Wow! Thank you for this great idea! I'm gonna add it to my list :D

Jenn Sutherland said...

So, um - WOW. I made your eggy oatmeal this morning, as promised, and added a few of my oven roasted tomatoes from the freezer...WOW. I think it was my best breakfast in a very long time. Thanks!

maranaomi said...

ah, the union of my two favorite breakers foods. brilliant!

also, i made your noodle soup sans meat and it was soo good...though i think i overdid it on the curry paste a bit, my mouth was on fire!

Librarian Lee said...

I used something similar for a hundred years when my kids were little - only I added tiny bits of diced apple. Every one loved it.

{lauryl} said...

I exist on oatmeal during the winter months and I adore it. But I've never added an egg, and you'd better bet that I'll be doing that tomorrow morning!!!

deonna said...

soooo good, we tried it this week.

also a great way to get my 2 1/2 yr. old to eat more egg protein since she's somewhat picky about texture.

plus, i love it! so much better than butter.

JLGB said...

holy smokes. I am eating it now and I can not get over the richness... It's like a vanilla oatmeal custard. Awesome.

Teresa said...

sounds delicious, and i love your bowl. i'm gonna try it tomorrow morning.:)

cookinginjapan said...

This looks really good. I wonder if I should add it to my pumpkin oats recipe. It would be almost like dessert but for breakfast. I love oatmeal and this post has reminded me that I have only had it once this fall so far. Tomorrow morning then.

Ash said...

This looks quite yummy.. oh, the healthyness of oatmeal!! I want some!

Miss Kate said...

Oh, I love eggs...and I love oatmeal, but....I will have to get another heap of bravery to try this one. I love soft-boiled eggs, eggy polenta, grits, etc. I wonder why oatmeal is such a leap? I'll give it a college try, just for you.

Karen said...

tried it your way ... not bad but i was freaking out wondering if the egg was cooked enough. nothing happened to me so i guess it was fine, duh. added blueberries to mine which makes the end product look digusting but hey it's healthy so whateva!!

The Stoner Gourmand said...

I sneak eggs in everything too! I haven't tried to with oatmeal yet. next time...

Aubrey said...

i'm up for trying it! i love adding in eggs to my vegetarian diet any chance i get!

andrenna said...

Mmm. this sounds good. I love a fried egg with runny yolk on top of my (savory) oatmeal. And hot sauce! Yay eggs and oatmeal are two of my favorite things.

Kendra Schussel said...

I really like this idea, it's basically an oatmeal breakfast version of carbonara which is fantastic! The egg surely adds a nice creamy richness, yuuuummmm. I just discovered your blog and i think it's great, very conversational, plus you live in portland, which is one of my favorite cities and where my family lives! Keep up the good work, and if you are bored one day, maybe check out my foodie blog. It's http://aseasonedkitchen.blogspot.com

brandi said...

i haven't stopped talking about your eggs and oatmeal for days now! riley and i enjoyed our bob's steel cut oats with egg for dinner last night. ooey, gooey, eggy goodness indeed! we typically use bob's scottish oats for our hot cereal and pancakes, and his old fashioned rolled oats for miscellaneous baking endeavors... standards ;) we'll definitely be adding eggs to porridge and polenta and such in the future! thanks for the hot tip, mama.

Kneece said...

This is my first time to read your blog and I love it. I learned about it from Brandi Christensen. I am totally with you, too "principled" to eat the 1 min stuff and too lazy to wait for the 4 million hour stuff (the extra texture really doesn't do it for me either). I love the way I feel after I eat eggs, able to concentrate, focused and full of energy, but my dad scared me about eggs back in the early 80's. If I eat them every day will I get bad cholesterol? Last winter I discovered a new way to eat oatmeal (one of my all time favorite foods and a staple for when I am ultra broke), salted butter (yum!), with white sugar (I had always used brown--I know white is bad). Also on very decadent days: the above mixed with dark chocolate chips and walnuts. So yummy! I will be brave and try the egg mixture, not sure why it makes me feel scared. :) Thanks for sharing this.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

kneece, hello! you absolutely have to read the book "real food" by nina planck. my readers here recommended it to me and it kind of blew my mind. a LOT of really good info about cholesterol and why not to worry about eating eggs :)

Kneece said...

alicia i definitely will. thank you! looking forward to your next post!

Tasha said...

I am making this recipe tomorrow morning, WATCH ME.
Also, just thought I'd say that this is the best food blog I have ever read, and I will be back. I'LL BE BACK.

suzanacolon said...

I love the idea of the egg in the oatmeal, because I love both eggs and oatmeal. But I'm a-scared, Alicia; what if the dreaded chunks develop? Oy...
Love your site, and thanks for speaking to all of us like we're your BFFs.
I just wrote a book called "Cherries in Winter." It's about finding my Nana's recipe file and making things like Chicken Pie a la Mississippi and Snowbound Steak a la Montana after I got laid off last year. Would love to send you one, if you'd like.
I'll try the egg in the oatmeal tomorrow. Wish me luck.

eatmovelove said...

I love this idea!! French Toast Oatmeal - yum!! Great blog by the way, add me to your Roll if you check out mine - I love finding new sites & readers :)

Nicole said...

you can also do this if you are a resource strapped college student by making microwave oatmeal but just pulling it out to stir every 30 seconds. I use egg whites cause I'm not too keen on the yolks and it tastes great! Try with some PB&J melted over the top!

Carmel said...

I put a couple of eggs in my week's supply of steel cut oats...made all the difference. Delicious! And a great way to boost protein. Word to the wise: does not freeze well. Plain steel cut oats freeze fine, but this last batch when defrosted was gross. Great idea, though!

Rebecca said...

I have been doing this for years!! Sometimes I poach the egg in the oatmeal, so that when it's broken the warm and gooey yolky goodness becomes a sauce rather than a thickener for the oatmeal. I'm so glad you blogged this!

effortlessly chic said...

i don't find it weird at all cuz it's common to have oats with egg in my country. plus it's the best combo ever and wholesome one too, thumbs up! ;)

April said...

I must try this sometime! I wonder what oatmeal would taste like with lavender honey.. hmm.

loopluroop said...

I LOVE oatmeal. And like you, I usually don't eat it the typical way. I don't cook it or apply heat to it at all most of the time--just water and condensed milk with raisins and maybe some brown sugar, and I'm good to go.

But I really love cooked oatmeal--I'm just lazy most [all] of the time.

Also I don't eat meat, and I'm always looking to incorporate protein into whatever I eat, so THIS is a fantasmic idea. I will most positively try it the next time I eat oatmeal--soon!

jen said...

While I could eat oatmeal EVERY DAY even more than once a day, I've always gotten the midmorning shakes after eating it. I think it's the sugar crash and lack of protein. And then comes YOUR idea! I'm going to try it tomorrow. You may have saved my oatmeal eating life.

*sniff* Thanks!

Tali said...

omg! that is something i have to try

Husha said...

I am eating it as I type! I made it for my mother too, we both really love it! My little brother too, and he's a tough critic :)

I'm gonna try this next with soft caramelized slices of spiced apple.. yumm! (i add apples into everything, the way u do with eggs)

xoxo

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

Oh wow, I have been trying to come up with a way to add more protein in my diet and since I eat oatmeal everyday...I should definitely add the egg to my oats! I will be given this a try soon! Thanks!

escargot said...

I'd recommend you toasted oat meal with eggs. Just heat the pan, put a portion of 5-minutes oat meal, toast for some minutes, and meanwhile mix 2 eggs in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sugar to the oat meals, and after some seconds, when it's browning, add the eggs.
Add some salt, stir, server, enjoy.

Thanks for the post, although some years old, made me feel not so lonely this morning.