This Savory Baked Oatmeal with Bacon, Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions is an amazingly hearty breakfast. For a vegetarian/vegan option, simply omit the bacon!
This recipe is 100% inspired by the food photography retreat I attended over Memorial Day Weekend. I’ve never been a fan of sweets for breakfasts so I was delighted when we were served savory oatmeal and savory french toast. I knew I wanted to recreate the oatmeal as soon as I got home. Savory oatmeal is the best, you guys. It’s my new thing and I don’t understand why it’s not a thing everywhere. It should be.
You can bake this oatmeal in any oven safe dish- a skillet, a dutch oven, even a brownie pan will work. Just try to use something that’s reasonably close to 12 inches in diameter to keep the cooking times accurate.
Savory Baked Oatmeal with Bacon, Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, sliced into thin half moons (approximately 4 cups)
- 3 slices thick cut hickory smoked bacon, diced
- 3 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (see note)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Have a measuring cup full of water nearby. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown. Turn up the heat to medium and continue caramelizing the onions, allowing a glaze to develop on the bottom of the pan. Add a few tablespoons of water and scrape up the brown bits, incorporating them into the onions. The heat will cause the water to evaporate. Repeat this process until the onions have turned a dark brown color and are both bitter and sweet in flavor, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In the same pan (or a different pan if you’re cooking multiple dish components at once), cook the bacon over medium-low heat to render out the fat. Once the fat has mostly melted down, turn up the heat and brown the bacon until it's caramelized and crunchy, approximately 5 minutes. Set aside to drain on a paper towel. Remove all but two tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan. Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms and cook over medium heat until soft but slightly chewy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, bring the 2 cups of water to a boil and then add the steel cut oats and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the liquid has completely absorbed, approximately 8-10 minutes (this will take less time than normal steel cut oats since it’s a smaller water ratio).
- Lightly grease a 12-inch skillet or casserole dish. In a large bowl, stir together the cooked oats, caramelized onions, bacon, mushrooms, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently press flat into the prepared baking dish. Baked for 10-12 minutes, or until the top has browned slightly.
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