PotatOats 2

As part of my ongoing Oataku adventure (thanks, Kurt) I’ve been ringing the changes on the whole oatmeal-with-a-dash-of-potato thing. The more I use it, the more I like it.

It works well with both the one- and twenty- minute varieties of rolled oats (I haven’t tried it with steel cut yet), and the 1/4 cup:1TBSp ratio seems about right (a 5:1 ratio by weight). Any more, and you’re getting a non-healthy potato breakfast. It does take more liquid, because the potato buds soak up quite a bit. One thing I’ve found is that it’s best to add the potatoes at the end. They don’t have to cook, just rehydrate, and it makes stirring the oatmeal easier.

What you are looking for is a change to the consistency and mouth-feel, along with a slight potato overtone. Of course, if you’re using a big chunk of the spicy version of Golden Curry, cooked in apple juice, along with a tablespoon of apple jelly, the potato taste part gets lost in the ambient.

PotatOats works particularly well with potato-related flavors. Beef broth, for example, or wine, and a nice, sharp cheese. If you are not using cheese, you’ll find that it really wants extra salt. It also worked OK with bean-water, bringing out a more beanlich consistency.

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2 Responses to “PotatOats 2”

  1. Kurt Says:

    What about just dicing a few potatoes, steaming them, then sticking them in the fridge and throwing them in your oatmeal prior to cooking over a few days? (We just harvested about 8 pounds of yellow finns from our front bed and, while I wouldn’t want to use all of their delicious selves in oatmeal, I think I’ll try what I propose with a few. They have this nice natural buttery flavor that would go well with oats and a little salt.)

    • FoundOnWeb Says:

      That sounds like a good idea. We’ve already gone through both pounds of potatoes from our first giant cage harvest. Next weekend, mayhaps I’ll harvest the second cage.

      That can be Phase II of the Oataku Adventure — savory sides for supper. Phase I is concentrating on stuff you can do without planning, for breakfast. I have a couple more stacked up in the queue on that topic. Note, that with a 5:1 ratio, you aren’t using very much in the way of potatoes, maybe half a finn per meal.

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