As we know I have a love for steel cut oatmeal. Whether it be brunch at a restaurant, from Jamba Juice or in my home kitchen, steel cut oatmeal is my absolute favorite when I want a filling breakfast. I was on Instagram recently, and I came across this picture of an amazing bowl of hot cereal via Bon Apetite. Prior to this I had read something quickly on hot cereal, and figured hey! let me see what this is about. A recent trip cruising down the cereal isle, I decided to seek out a small package of hot cereal for me to try on my days off.
Hot cereal can be a number of things to many different people, across many different cultures. My choice of hot cereal came with quinoa and flax seeds but across the board, hot cereal comes in various grains to pick from and experiment with. I really love fact that this cooks quicker than steel cut oatmeal, so I can make it through out the week, even in the mornings before going to work. Im also enjoying this hot cereal as a filling and healthy alternative to grits. I have seen savory items placed with hot cereal as well, such as roasted squash so that will be my next experiment.
Salted Caramel Apple Hot Cereal
3T. half -n-half or cream
pinch of sea salt
Prepare hot cereal according to packaging and your liking. Thinly slice your favorite apple and set aside. In a small sauce pan, melt butter. When butter is melted and foaming, add sugar and stir until completely melted. Pour in cream and continue to stir over low to medium heat. Caramel will begin to turn into a light brown. If caramel becomes too thick, additional cream can be added. Turn off heat and stir in sea salt. Place sliced apples in caramel to warm. When ready, spoon apples and caramel over bowl of creamy hot cereal and serve immediately.
** Sugar will begin to harden due to the coldness of the milk, but continue stirring over a low to medium flame.