Savory Cheddar Oatmeal Bowls
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Savory Cheddar Oatmeal Bowls

The first time I ever had grits, I was married with 4 children. We visited a tiny diner, on a road trip from West Coast to Florida. And figured, while we were passing through the South, we might as well give some proper comfort food a try.

The waitress took our orders. Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, collard greens and a big slab of cornbread. They delivered them on giant plates, piled three stories high with more food than our family could eat in a week. It was heaven.

We started with the chicken and waffles. Then forked straight into the grits. Salty and cheddary and creamy, they were absolutely perfection. How had I made it my whole life without this happy eat?

When I got home, I was determined to make grits. But the kids didn’t like the texture, so I wondered if I could swap in another option. Cue the oatmeal.

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Could a basic pot of oatmeal be turned into a savory base for the same creamy, cheddary goodness? The answer, quite happily, is yes.

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Over the years, savory oatmeals have become more and more popular. And while there are certainly a million and one ways to make an incredible bowl of savory oatmeal, this one is with sharp cheddar and a smidge of garlic. The bowls are perfect topped with buttery shrimp, or a fried egg, or go big and top yours with all of the breakfast favorites--sausage, egg, avocado, tomato, bacon. If it tastes good with cheese, it goes great atop this bowl.

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Savory Cheddar Oatmeal Bowls


4-6 servings


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk or almond milk
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic puree
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


Add 1 cup of water to inside electric pressure cooker, add steamer rack.

Place a large microwave-safe bowl inside pressure cooker. To bowl, add oats, 1 cup water, milk, cheddar, garlic puree, flaxseed, salt and pepper.

Seal valve, set to manual High Pressure for 8 minutes.

Allow to release naturally for 5-7 minutes. Turn vent before opening pressure cooker.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with sausage, bacon, baked beans, an egg cooked sunny-side up, avocado and cherry tomatoes. 

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