by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
This is a very simple way to dress up your healthy oatmeal breakfast.
When I was a kid I always enjoyed getting the Quaker instant oatmeal breakfast before school. My mom would buy the variety packs and my brothers and I would each have our favorite flavors. Mine was the apple one.
Of course, in more recent years I have come to enjoy steel cut oatmeal when I am not making regular oats. But I don’t really bother with instant oatmeal anymore. Oatmeal is easy enough to cook and making an apple topping is easy as well.
You might wonder why I specify certain types of apples in this, and yes, there is a reason.
Apples react differently to heat and also have different flavors. The red delicious apple is not really an apple you would want to use for pies, since it’s characteristic, like that of MacIntosh, is that it tends to easily break down in the skillet and dissolve into a sauce. These are just two examples of what are referred to as “sauce apples” and although there are many kinds, some available only in certain areas, I list these as they seem to be available all over. The yellow delicious are great pie apples as they tend to hold their shape well. I know there are a number of these type apples as well, Granny Smith among the most popular ones. I chose the yellow delicious because of the availability and the generally sweet flavor. But if you know your apples you can be free to play around. If you don’t really know, then just stick to these types or ask for similarly sweet apples by sauce for the red, and by pie/baking for the yellow and you should be just fine.
This apple stir-in can be prepared in advance, so you can make it the night before and just reheat in the morning if you are in a hurry. I know that is an important concern for many people in the rush of the morning hours.
And as we enter the autumn months and the peak of the apple season, I do hope you get a chance to enjoy this recipe!
- 1 medium red delicious or MacIntosh apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 2-3 medium golden delicious apples, peeled cored and chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup fresh apple cider or apple juice
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar (or 2 tablespoons SPlenda brown sugar blend)
- 6 servings oatmeal, cooked according to package directions
- milk or cream (optional)
- Peel core and chop apples and saute in a large nonstick skillet with 2 tablespoons butter until red apple starts to break down.
- Then stir in the cinnamon, cider and brown sugar, and continue cooking until other apples are tender and mixture is a chunky type sauce.
- Serve over cooked oatmeal along with a little milk or cream if desired.
From the Kitchens of: palatablepastime.com
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