Oatmeal is one of the best foods and can be explored in so many ways but sadly, it is so underrated. Fortunately on our food segment today, we shall be looking at one of the diverse things we can do with this rich in fibre food – Fried Oatmeal.
A couple of weeks, we looked at recycling ideas for let over foods, and this idea of Fried Oatmeal can easily pass as one of those, making the best breakfast idea you may need to start your weekend. That, however, doesn’t mean you cannot make your fried oatmeal from the scratch – all well and good.The taste of fried oatmeal isn’t any different from oatmeal. The more firm shape and the little crispiness, however, are a new spin on an old classic. What you need to know about the preparation of this special breakfast idea, is that, you will need to first prepare the oatmeal normally, then refrigerate it or microwave it, so you have a lot of work to be done before the frying and you can as well do them way ahead of the preparation time. Let’s get to this! Ingredients
Leftover oatmeal (or dry oats), vegetable oil and butter for frying, water. Dry Oats Prepare the dry oats into some moderately thick oatmeal (soak the dry oats into water in a bowl and boil some moderate amount of water while the dry oats soaks. When the water in boils, pour in the soaked oats and stir till boil. If too thick, you can add some more amounts of water but for the fried oatmeal, we need a moderately thick texture). When done, leave to cool then refrigerate overnight or for 2 hours.
First microwave the leftover oatmeal with a few teaspoons water (you can also do this on the stove). When the oatmeal is thick and smooth, pour it into a greased muffin pan (don’t pour so much so it doesn’t get too thick). Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth the top of the mixture, then cover the pan with foil or plastic wrap. Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. When done, carefully slide the pieces of oatmeal out of the dish and onto a plate. If you have the oatmeal already refrigerated and do not have a muffin pan, just cut shapes out of the cold oatmeal (squares or triangles will do) using either a knife or cookie cutters.Then, pour the oil in a heated pot over medium high heat and use the spatula to drop the slices of oatmeal into the pan. Let the slices fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, and then flip. When the second side is seared, toss is 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter into the pan and rotate it a bit to let the butter reach all the pieces of oatmeal. Read also: Ofada Jollof Rice Is The Sweetheart For The Weekend
Flip the oatmeal again, and add more butter if the pan seems dry. Fry the remaining slices of oatmeal in the same way. There you have it! Serve and step down with some juice, smoothies or yoghurt. Some toppings of fruits and nuts will not be a bad idea.Photos Credit: Getty