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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Maple Oatmeal

Rolled oats, made by heating and pressing hulled grains, are sold as old-fashioned, quick-cooking, and instant. Steel-cut oats (also known as Irish) are made by chopping toasted grains into small pieces.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons dried cherries


  1. Step 1

    In a medium (3-quart) saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Stir in salt and oats. Reduce heat to medium; cook until oatmeal is tender and creamy, stirring often, about 8 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove from heat. Stir in heavy cream. Divide oatmeal among four bowls; top each serving with 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon each syrup and cherries, as desired. Serve immediately.

Everyday Food, March 2004