First week of the "come up with a recipe based on a theme and this week's theme is savory oatmeal" challenge is over, and Amy is the big winner--oh wait, make that whiner. She's so afraid she'll lose (though she definitely wants a prize if she does win) that we have dropped the competition aspect and now it's just a big recipe sharing extravaganza. If you come up with a recipe, let me know and we'll all have a big linky party. Amy's entry is up on her site, the Grody Gourmet.
My entry: Savory oatmeal pancakes with zucchini, cream cheese, and prosciutto. I wish I could say the kids just gobbled it up but they did not. They took one polite bite (well, all but one...) and then moved on to bean burritos. I thought it was actually pretty good and really easy on the budget (use bacon instead of prosciutto), though I did eat a bean burrito as well.
For the pancakes:
1/2 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal (1/3 dry steel cut oats), cooked and cooled
1/4 cup milk
1Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Mix all wet ingredients including oatmeal, add dry ingredients, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Lay a few pieces of prosciutto onto a cooling rack over a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven along with the pancakes, to kill two birds with one stone. They'll take about the same time to bake (the proscuitto is done when it's crisp, like bacon). Crumble prosciutto and set aside.
Dice 2 medium zucchinis and 1/2 small onion and saute in 1 tsp. olive oil until tender crisp. Add 1/2 tsp. dried or fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat and add in 2 Tbsp. cream cheese, stirring until it melts and coats the zucchini mixture. Mound this on to the pancake and crumble bits of prosciutto on top.
I waited until my recipe was completely done and photographed before Googling "savory oatmeal" and wow, there are a lot of people who had the same idea. Here was the one I'm most likely to try, from Martha Stewart.