Despite the fact that it is supposed to be Spring already, it has still been pretty chilly around here so I have been enjoying oatmeal for breakfasts most mornings. Over the last few moths I have been having oatmeal for breakfast quite often and it is always in the form of a sweet porridge and I had always wanted to try a savoury dish with oatmeal. Not too long ago TasteSpotting did a feature on oatmeal that included a few savoury oatmeals which inspired me to try an oatmeal burrito bowl.
The basic idea of a burrito bowl is a deconstructed burrito served in a bowl. I normally start a burrito bowl off with a layer of rice and then top that with beans, pico de gallo and whatever other Texmex inspired ingredients that I desire. For the oatmeal burrito bowl I simply swapped the rice out for oatmeal and I used my favourite kind of oatmeal, steel cut oats, as they have a nice chewiness and more substance.
Normally I would just spinkle a bit of cheese on top but I wanted the cheese to be melted to I placed the oatmeal on an oven proof plate, topped it with cheese and threw it under the broiler until the cheese had melted. I was not really sure what to expect from the savoury oatmeal bowl, but it I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I really liked the way that the edges of the oatmeal that were exposed to the broiler got a little crispy and the crispy oatmeal and melted cheese combination was really nice. All of the fresh and juicy ingredients on top were a great counterbalance and rounded the whole dish off perfectly. I now think I have a new favourite way of enjoying oatmeal!
Oatmeal Burrito Bowl
A deconstructed burrito served in a bowl with, steel cut oats (oatmeal), melted cheese, seasoned black beans, fresh pico de gallo, avocado and sour cream.
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup seasoned black beans, warm
- 1/4 cup pico de gallo
- 2 tablespoons avocado, stoned, scooped and sliced
- 2 tablespoon sliced black olives
- 1 tablespoon sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Bring the steel cuts oats and water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 30 minutes.
- Place the oatmeal in a bowl or on a plate and top with the cheese.
- Broil or microwave to melt the cheese. (Note: If you are going to broil it make sure that your dish is oven safe.)
- Top with the seasoned black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and sour cream.
i never thought of making my morning oatmeal into something savory. i thought of adding an egg once or twice, but never this way. i love to have a big breakfast because i never have time for lunch. this is something that would hold me for hours. awesome idea Kevin, stealing this one for sure.
Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan says
Never thought I'd see oatmeal and burrito in the same sentence….Looks interesting….
Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
This is such a fantastic idea, Kevin! I've had savory oatmeal topped with a fried egg for breakfast before, but have never thought to morph it into a dinner meal. Very clever, and I'm sure delicious :).
All Our Fingers in the Pie says
You are way more adventurous than I am. And creative. I would never think to make a savoury oatmeal. I have some Cavena Nuda. It is a type of oat 'rice' that is produced in Manitoba. That I will eat in a savoury application.
nithya at hungrydesi says
I'm a big fan of savoury oatmeal…this is a pretty interesting idea. I usually just add a splash of milk, slivers of parmesan cheese and some cracked black pepper.
Ooh. I have been experimenting with savoury oatmeal, too, lately. A little soy sauce and nutritional yeast in the morning. I love your idea to broil it, though!! Crispy steel-cut oats sounds delicious!
This is a really cool idea! I love how you added black beans. Yum!
In so many other parts of the world, they eat oatmeal like this and I've always loved the idea of it…from afar. This looks too good not to try though!
Eating in Winnipeg says
hey i do a blog hop on sundays called savory sundays and i would love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes!!
Love this idea, Kevin! Oatmeal bursting in mexican flavors. Delicioso!
Ana Powell says
Anther amazing dish ♥
homegrown countrygirl says
I just love how you describe things! And your photos are out of this world! The oatmeal burrito bowl is such a neat idea… happy blog birthday!
Single PAP says
wow, very interesting. i have just recently been thinking of oatmeal as a savory dish and trying to create something with a nut butter but this is certainly unique. my daughter doesn't like rice very much but loves oatmeal so i think i will try this recipe with her. thanks!
I'm really inspired by your constant creativity. If I had to only ever eat at one place again, it would be wherever you're cooking!
I will admit I am still not 100% won over on savory oatmeal. Not sure why as savory grits rock my world, I give you tons of points for creativity though.
This is perfect for my 10am-ish breakfast. I am not one to eat for at least two hours after I get up. This would tide me over to a late afternoon snack and then dinner. Awesome recipe share!
Chiara "Kika" Assi says
Savory oats! I love this idea Kevin, thanks for sharing.
That is so different but that looks really good.
I've never heard of an oatmeal burrito bowl. I am intrigued and will put savory oatmeal on my list of things to try.
Made it this morning, soooo good! Thanks for the recipe!
I love this idea – I make a savory oatmeal with sauteed onions, a runny egg and some sriracha – I love it!
My family all think I'm crazy to eat oatmeal ("porridge" over in the UK!), so it's great to see so many other people do it too! I love the idea of hot oatmeal with fresh toppings.. I think I'll have to try this! Thanks!
Brooke Pekkala says
I’m thinking Quinoa or Farro would work well too. Interesting idea. I’m thinking it would make a nice lunch.
Quinoa and farro both work well!