As in, OATS. Oats oats. In risotto. Do you need to lie down?
*This post is definitely in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. But all total honesty and opinions are always my own, duders.*
Listen to this insanity – this here recipe creation was my first ever time ever ever ever in the history of ever to ever eat steel cut oats. Ever! Of course I’ve had rolled oats a time or two times five thousand. But steel cut? Nope. First time. I’m officially into the words steel and cut back to back.
And in risotto? Just stop.
I knew I wanted something crazy savory to go with the steely cutties. (That’s what I call them now. Steely cutties. You can erase me from your life.) Something with wine, mushrooms, flavored sausages, little bit of kale, my entire upper torso.
So, that’s exactly what I did. I made a risotto with Quaker® Quick 3-minute Steel Cut Oats, wine, mushrooms, flavored sausages, a little bit of kale, and my entire upper torso.
And I’m telling you, the steel cut oats – n e v e r a g a i n w i l l I b e t h e s a m e .
You think, “Oh, these are going to get mushy.”
You think, “Oh, these are going to be too crunchy.”
I went with a sun-dried tomato chicken sausage, just seared on both sides. Easy pleazy.
Then I sliced some baby bellas and browned them in the pan with a pinch of Italian seasoning. Pleasy mreasy.
Once the sausages and ‘shroomies are done, you’ll set them to the side and start on the actual risotto part. (Pour a glass of wine while you do this. It just makes sense in life.)
Little bit of diced red onion, a cup of the Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats – toasty toasty – then the wine, burn it off, burn it off – then a bunch of chicken stock ladling! Ladling. Ladle-ing. Yodeling? Chicken stock yodeling? I like it.
After about 20 minutes, the oats will be PERFECT. Like, gorgeous and toothy, but not mushy and definitely not crunchy. Your tongue won’t believe its face.
Then you’ll swirl in the reserved chicken sausages, mushrooms, kale, a couple tablespoons of butter (there it is), a bit of Parmesan cheese (you can’t not), a few halved cherry tomatoes, and your blistered soul.
And this ^^^ is what you’ll get. And you will weep for five months, I’m positive of it.
This is the thing: Quaker® Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats actually cut down on the traditional cook time of regular steel cut oats, but they still give that same good hearty texture and boomtastic nutty flavor. So obviously this dish has much more of a nutty vibe going on, than your old school risotto. Which is straight ridiculous with the mushrooms and sausages. So good. SOOOO GOOD.
It’s like, deep. Depthy! Way depthy. I like depthy.
You like depthy, too, right? I knew we were friends for a reason.
For the love, get your face in that.
I mentioned the oats, right?