How to Make the Perfect Porridge
But first… Let’s clarify just what porridge is, as it is commonly used synonymously with oatmeal. By definition, porridge is “a soft food made by boiling meal of grains or legumes in milk or water until thick.” This being said, oatmeal is considered a type a porridge while porridge is not always oatmeal. Porridge is recognized to be creamy, even without the need of cream, when taken the time to prepare and cook. Though porridge recipes are boundless, below depicts how to prepare porridge with oats. So if wondering how to make oatmeal taste good, follow these steps:
Step 1: Choose Quality Oats
For an oat of this world porridge, choose a quality and chunky rolled oat. (Do not let a chunky oat discourage you, it will still produce a creamy texture.) You will need ½ cup dried oats per one serving, which is then added to a saucepan.
Step 2: Add Water
For how many servings you choose you to go with, you will to add equal portions of water, or double how many cups of dried oats you go with. So for one serving (½ cup oats) you will need one cup, two servings (1 cup dried oats) two cups, three servings (1 ½ cup dried oats) three cups, and so on. Also feel free to use milk, 50:50 water and milk, or whichever ratio you wish.
Step 3: Bring to A Boil
In a nonstick sauce pan, slowly bring oats and water to a boil, frequently stirring with a spurtle or the handle of of a wooden spoon.
Step 4: Add Salt
While the porridge is coming to a boil, add a pinch of salt and mix. But do not be discouraged by the salt, it adds depth to the porridge and will bring out the sweetness of any toppings!
Step 5: Simmer and Stir
Once the porridge is brought to a boil, turn down the heat. Simmer and stir frequently for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until it has reached the consistency you desire. You can also add a splash of milk or water as needed for a runnier consistency.
Step 6: Get Personal
Annddd the fun part! Personalize the bowl of porridge to best fit your flavor and nutritional preferences. Top with fresh berries, chopped banana, a drizzle of maple syrup, sprinkles of cinnamon, and other favorites. And if needing some more porridge inspiration, look no further than these simple and delicious 13 recipes!