During my days as an enterprise content management consultant, I would sometimes come across documents with interesting subject matter. Two such topics that I’ll forever remember were Waffle Damage and Groats Versus Oats, mostly due to the absurdness I found in those titles and because at the time I didn’t know that groats were an actual thing. In fact, there’s such a thing as groaty dick. This hilarious revelation only helped fuel my need to cook up some groats.
Since groats are essentially uncut steel-cut oats, I treated them as such during the cooking process but simply let them simmer a little longer than normal. The final product tasted pretty much like steel-cut oats but with more texture, so to mix things up a bit I added some dried blackcurrants and pandan (which is becoming an ingredient that I’m increasingly trying to incorporate into things.)
Overall, the groats were a somewhat sterile departure from a typical bowl of steel-cut oats given the fact that one is simply a chopped up version of the other. Also, to be quite honest, I was really looking forward to the groats blowing me away considering there was a presentation dedicated to comparing them. But perhaps that was the conclusion of the presentation: there really isn’t that much difference between groats and steel-cut oats when preparing them in a porridge.
- 2 C milk + 2 C water => simmer
- 1 T butter + saucepan/skillet => melt, medium heat
- 1 C groats + step #2 => toast, stir, ~2 minutes
- Step #3 + step #1 => simmer, don’t stir, ~10 minutes
- 1/4 t salt + step #4 => stir with wooden spoon handle occasionally, ~10 minutes