For those who don’t like oatmeal with sweet accompaniments, there are plenty of interesting savory possibilities.

Especially with robustly textured steel cut oats, a combo as simple as butter and garlic can be deeply satisfying. Also try: scallions, toasted sesame seeds, sauteed spinach, poached or fried eggs, ham or sausage, etc.

maybelle makes oatmeal with chicken broth and adds savory bits (egg, meat, cilantro, etc.); it reminds her of Chinese jook.

bolivianita was raised on delicious “sopa de Quaker” (oatmeal soup), chicken soup with oats instead of noodles or rice.

Leftover oatmeal can be made into fritters: form into little patties and dip in grated cheese and then sesame seeds, then saute in butter until golden and toasty on the outside (peppermint pate).

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