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Morning oats don’t have to be sweet, this Spicy Thai Savory Oatmeal Bowl brings savory Thai peanut flavors and a hint of spice together for a fun way to kick-start your day.
On a cold winter morning, nothing satisfies quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal. What we love most about oatmeal is that there are so many ways to change up your bowl to suit your mood. It never has to be boring. That’s why today we’re teaming up with Target and Quaker® Oats for a fun cultural twist on your classic morning bowl of oatmeal.
When most people think of oatmeal, they think of sweet additions like fruit, honey, and brown sugar. These classics are oh so tasty, but, in case you haven’t heard, savory oatmeal is about to become the newest thing to rock your breakfast routine.
The mild and nutty, natural flavor of oats is the perfect base for creating all sorts of savory creations, with lots of potential to bring veggies, extra protein, and a little spice into your morning hours.
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, the spicy kick from Thai chilies, ginger, and garlic in this oatmeal is sure to be the perfect remedy to get your brain firing. (Pun possibly intended…)
A Thai Peanut Infusion
This fusion breakfast takes classic Thai peanut ingredients and transforms them into a beautiful breakfast dish. First, we create a creamy, savory oat base by cooking Quaker® Standard Old Fashioned Oats in coconut milk and chicken broth. (You could easily use vegetable broth or water if you were so inclined.) The coconut milk boosts the oat’s naturally nutty flavors and creates a nice smooth, creamy, and comforting oatmeal.
We cook the oats with garlic, ginger, and dried Thai chili flakes (crushed red pepper flakes are perfectly acceptable). The flavor of these ingredients infuses the oatmeal with a robust spiciness with a slight hint of ginger sweetness. Feel free to use as many or few chili flakes as you like, you can always mix more into your bowl, but it gets a bit tricky to take back the heat once they’re in the pot.
Finally, we stir a little soy sauce and rice vinegar into the cooked oats, just to pump up the salty/sweet flavors even more.
To finish everything off, we top the bowls with a generous smattering of roasted peanuts and scallions. The scallions add a nice bright onion flavor that cuts through the thick and hearty oats. The peanuts bring a perfect crunchy contrast to the oats’ smooth texture.
While we loved this bowl of savory oatmeal just as is, a fried or poached egg would be an incredible addition, perched right on top of those spicy, creamy oats. Particularly if the yolk of said egg was nice and runny.
Just imagine those spicy, soy sauce infused oats mingling with a creamy, runny yolk….
Yeah, we know you’re hungry now.
Win With Your “Best Bowl”
To keep the morning inspiration going, Target and Quaker® Oats are teaming up and asking everyone to create their “Best Bowl” for a hearty breakfast using Quaker® Oats. Quaker® Oats will be featured prominently on end-caps at many Target stores along with some classic mix ins to get you inspired to #BringYourBestBowl to your breakfast table. Now through March 12, 2016 they are encouraging morning oatmeal lovers to share their oatmeal creations in the National “Bring Your Best Bowl” Sweepstakes. Submit your most creative oatmeal flavor combination with 2-5 ingredients (not including oats and milk/water) for the chance to win $250,000 and see your creation inspire Quaker® Oats new oatmeal flavor for Fall 2016. You can find out more information on select Quaker® Instant Oat SKUs (Original and Maple Brown Sugar) and Quaker® Standard Oatmeal Canisters (Old Fashioned and Quick One Minute) or you can visit their website for the Official Sweepstakes Rules. And be sure to check out more delicious morning recipes using Quaker® Oats at Target.com.
Tell us, what makes up your favorite bowl of Quaker® Oats oatmeal?
- 2 c Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 c low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
- 1 c coconut milk
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and diced (or ¼ tsp ground, dry ginger)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- ½ - 1 tsp dried Thai chilies, crushed (or crushed red pepper flakes)
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 scallions, chopped (for topping)
- ¼ c roasted peanuts (for topping)
- In a medium saucepan, mix together oats, chicken stock, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and crushed chilies (depending on your heat preference). Heat over medium high heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the oatmeal, covered, for 5 min, stirring occasionally.
- Once the mixture has thickened, remove it from the heat and mix in soy sauce and rice vinegar.
- Serve the oatmeal topped with scallions and roasted peanuts.