So, I did it....I tried to replicate the amazing breakfast I recently blogged of (sans picture) from Gainesville's 43rd Street Deli. This? Was the best breakfast I've ever made at home, and I highly recommend it! First, I made the oatmeal as instructed on the tin. It's important that you make it with steel cut oats and not the rolled or instant varieties.
When just about done (yeah, it takes forever, but is so worth it in the end...so get up early! ;) I added a bit of soy milk and some organic maple syrup. Then I allowed it sit off heat for another ten to fifteen minutes to help stiffen it up a bit.
Next, I melted some Organic Earth Balance in a pan, then dumped in about a half cup of the oatmeal. In order to try and keep it in a cake, I used a spatula to continually push in the sides a bit. (I swear they use one of those sandwich grillers as theirs is served as two thick, identical triangles of oatmeal).
After the cake got fairly firm on the bottom i flipped it. This was not entirely successful, but worked well enough. (I have a feeling that tomorrow, after the leftover oatmeal has been refrigerated all night, it will prove much stiffer and be easier to pan sear).
Once the other side was lightly browned as well I plated it over some Gia Russa Balsamic Glaze, then topped it with crushed walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, and fresh banana. Honestly? I cannot WAIT to have breakfast tomorrow! Have sleepover guests? Rise a little early and surprise them with this morning treat!