The Secret to the Most Delicious Oatmeal

Prefer to start your morning with a little more flavor in your cereal bowl? Toasting the oats before cooking them lends a nutty bite.

Toasted Oatmeal

Makes 4 cups

• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1 cup Irish, Scottish, or any steel-cut oatmeal, or 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
• Pinch coarse salt

1. Melt butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add oats and toast, tossing, until browned and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add 4 cups water and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until most of the water has evaporated and the oatmeal is tender, about 30 minutes for steel-cut oatmeal and 10 minutes for rolled oats. Serve hot with the toppings of your choice.

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