Wow. He was so proud of himself. Do you see how humble and awesome that veteran is? Silly boy.
Today is Veterans Day! Or was it yesterday? I suppose it doesn’t really matter what day it was, specifically since most of us are enjoying the day off today in remembrance of veterans who have served our country. A lot of people don’t really think much about this holiday because most of us don’t think about our military very often. I just want to remind you, though, that today isn’t just another day we get off of work. It’s more than the USO television commercials, the parades, and the free meals many restaurants are offering to vets today. All of those are wonderful things but they can’t make you fully realize how much our service members are giving for our freedom. They’re giving their time, their families, their friends and sometimes their lives so that we can be free in this amazing country of ours. Thank God for them! And if you know a veteran, thank him or her for their service because you’ll never know how much they have sacrificed for each and every one of us. I saw a quote at church today that touched me. Elmer Davis said, “This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Brave, they are, friends. Brave, they are.
Ok. So enough mushy stuff, right? It’s not even Friday, yet! Want to hear what I made for my veteran on this delightful Monday off? Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal! The original name of it is Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal but when we tasted it, we both swore it tasted just like apple pie! Like, we ate it for dessert after dinner. Seriously. That’s how good it is! There’s a little prep work involved so I like to make it on a Sunday night and reheat it in the mornings for the rest of the week. It works out perfectly since Mike has to leave at 0’dark thirty when the rest of us are still sleeping snuggly in our warm beds! The best of both worlds – he gets a warm meal, and I get the peace of mind knowing that I made my man breakfast but did NOT have to get up at 4am to do it. Work smarter, not harder, right? Yes!
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
For the cooked apples:
2 tbsp butter
3 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced (we used Granny Smith)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
For the oatmeal:
1 cup steel cut oats
2 tbsp butter, room temperature or melted
4 cups hot water
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, soak the steel cut oats with the 4 cups hot water and 2 tablespoons butter. Soak for about 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, cook the apples. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are softened and caramelized. Set aside
- Once the steel cut oats have soaked and the apples are cooked, pour old fashioned oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into the large bowl of soaking steel cut oats. Do not drain, just add ingredients to the water and oats mixture.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, syrup and vanilla. Add this mixture to the oats mixture and stir until comnined.
- Spread the cooked apples along the bottom of a lightly greased large casserole dish. Pour the oatmeal mixture on top and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Note: For reheating, add a little milk to each portion of oatmeal before heating it in the microwave. This helps it maintain some creaminess rather than getting clumpy. Once warm, stir well and enjoy like it just came from the oven.
Source: Barely adapted from Annie’s Eats