Oatmeal Bay

Old Bay is a commercial spice mix that’s about 25% salt, with the rest being celery, pepper (red & black), mustard, and other spices. The dominant taste is peppery, with celery overtones.  I tried it two ways. First, with about five shakes through the shaker holes, and second, a measured teaspoon. The first was too bland. The second was too peppery. Adding cheese helped. I’m cutting back for the recipe

Setup: 1/3 cup of stone ground rolled oats, two dinner teaspoons of potato flakes, one cup of beef broth, 1/4 to 1/2 measured teaspoon of Old Bay* spice, fat pinch of shredded cheese.  Cook for 10 minutes or so, depending on the exact style of oats.  Add the potato when you take it off the stove..

Results: As I said, peppery. The full teaspoon version wasn’t inedible by any means, and there’r folks who would like it. The cheese can be any variety you like. Mine was a yellow cheddar.

Rating: *****

*Note: for the purpose of this recipe, Old Spice is not an acceptable substitute.

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