It sounds clichéd, but my mother started every morning with a dedicated pot of oatmeal. Every time I cook oatmeal, I’m brought back to my childhood when the smell wafted up the stairs as we stumbled around on cold winter mornings.
One of the biggest challenges of cooking for private events is creating unique and special dishes inspired by familiarity. A riff on a classic combination, this indulgent oatmeal is a good example of elevating ordinary ingredients by adding a few choice techniques and presenting them in ramekins.
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 4 (1-cup) ovenproof jars
- 1 cups blueberries
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- Milk or cream, to serve
Preheat the broiler to high heat.
In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine water and salt and bring to a boil. Add rolled oats and stir gently. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 5–6 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in toasted walnuts.
Evenly divide oatmeal among ramekins. Top with blueberries and sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp sugar into each ramekin.
Place the mason jars on a large baking sheet and broil for 1 minute, or until the sugar melts and caramelizes.
Serve warm with milk or cream.
Variation 1: Brûléed Bananas and Dried Cranberries Oatmeal
Replace the blueberries with 1 large banana, thinly sliced. Replace the walnuts with dried cranberries.
Variation 2: Brûléed Peaches and Almond Oatmeal
Replace the blueberries with 2 large peaches, pitted and sliced into thin wedges. Replace the walnuts with toasted almonds.