Want something savory in the morning, but needs to be quick and simple? This is it. I'd compare it most readily to a deluxe cheese grits recipe, but this has no cheese--and grits (unless instant) are typically a bunch more work. This was an alternative for my 10-year-old who always wanted eggs and sausage for breakfast. Fruits and brown sugar in the oatmeal wasn't cutting it.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cup
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place water and oats in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook at 50% power, stirring half way through cooking, until oats are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in butter until melted. Stir in bacon bits and Creole seasoning until evenly distributed.

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Cook's Notes:

There are many ways to go with this dish. Keeping it savory, I would keep a small amount of a fat and salt and pepper seasonings. You can substitute olive oil, bacon or sausage drippings, fish oil, or flavored oils for the butter; substitute spice-seasoned salt, garlic or onion salt, or a small amount of dry bouillon for the salt and pepper; use fake bacon bits, scrambled egg, tuna, ground sausage, or cubed ham in place of the bacon.

Add green onion, minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, or dried green herbs such as an Italian blend, if desired.

Cook oats according to your preference. I find cooking in the microwave for twice the recommended duration at half-power works well and avoids spill-over.

This recipe is inspired by a savory oatmeal (with egg) included in the recent free SNAP cookbook, available online as a PDF.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 8.5g 17% DV; carbohydrates 28g 9% DV; fat 8.3g 13% DV; cholesterol 15.8mg 5% DV; sodium 495.3mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2016
A nice change of pace from the usual sweet oatmeal. This reminds me of grits just a different texture. I went easy on the seasoning (I used about 1/3 tsp) since I find it can be a little salty. I'll definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2016
A nice change of pace from the usual sweet oatmeal. This reminds me of grits just a different texture. I went easy on the seasoning (I used about 1/3 tsp) since I find it can be a little salty. I'll definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2017
Great idea! I had no bacon bits so I uses some frozen soy sausage that I chopped up instead; also added some cheddar cheese as well as the creole seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2017
It took a few bites to get used to this as I have never had savory oatmeal. It was delicious once my taste buds adapted though. What an excellent idea. I just can't handle all that sugar in the mornings now that I'm old but I do love oatmeal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2017
Holy crow this is so good even without the bacon bits!! Will definitely make this again with the bacon next time and perhaps some shredded cheese as well for a nice additional flavor boost. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2020
Love this recipe. I added 2 scrambled eggs and sauteed peppers and onions to it, too. So very good!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2019
This is great! I've never found additions to oatmeal until now that I loved. Read More
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