Fried Oatmeal – to use up leftover oatmeal instead of just heating it in the microwave.
What do your do with leftover cooked oatmeal? This works well with old-fashioned rolled oats or steel-cut oats (Irish oats)
Since it is so easy and a cinch to make without requiring attention, I have been making larger batches in my Thermomix.
This way I have enough left over for at least one additional meal, sometimes more than one.
I had fruit for breakfast so for lunch decided to make “fried oatmeal” which I remembered from childhood.
In a small skillet I melted a tablespoon or so of butter and “browned” it to develop the flavor.
I added a cup of cooked oatmeal (made from steel-cut oats) and half a cup of dried sweet cherries.
I cooked it until lightly browned. Because of the sweetness of the cherries, no sugar was necessary.
Any dried fruit should work. Dried apples, chopped, raisins, chopped dates or figs, apricots, etc. I’m also going to try adding some chopped candied ginger.
It was very tasty, and filling. Perfect for a chilly day.
And another use for leftover oatmeal.
Adding other cooked grains, nuts, eggs, flour and seasonings I can make patties that are either sweet or savory.
Oatmeal (cooked) Nut and Fruit patties.
Slightly less than 2 cups leftover cooked oatmeal
1/3 cup dried sweet cherries (or any other dried fruit/raisins)
2/3 cup toasted sunflower kernels (or any finely-chopped nuts
3/4 cup almond meal (or any nut flour or meal,coconut works too)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt – use less if you have regular table salt.
(Optional additions: Spices, herbs, cinnamon for sweet, toasted ground cumin for a savory flavor.
Mix together until it is firm enough to hold its shape – it will be sticky. – add a bit more almond meal, or other nut meal if it won’t hold together.
Put some oil on your hands and form the mixture into patties (I use disposable gloves in the kitchen because it is less messy)
Coat the patties in more almond meal – I used all my almond meal in the mix so I substituted hazelnut meal. You can also use crushed cornflake crumbs or Panko crumbs for a nice crisp crust.
Fry in a hot skillet in a little oil – I use grapeseed oil because it has a higher smoke point and things fried in it tent to not absorb as much.
(I would advise making a test patty first and if you like a sweeter flavor, add a tablespoon or so of sugar, white or brown and/or any seasoning you like. I find the dried fruit makes this sweet enough for me but may not be enough for everyone.)
Cook on each side for 5-8 minutes, depending on how hot your griddle or skillet is. They should look like those in the photos.
Serve topped with a dollop (or more) of yogurt – mine is homemade, thick, Greek style.
Add a bit of jam, if you like a bit more sweetness.