Pears are the fruit of the season and you know what that means… deliciously ripe and on sale! This week I picked up some Comice Pears for $0.99 per pound and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. I swung by the bulk department and picked up a handful of crystalized ginger and headed home to make a new delicious flavor of steel cut oats! Ginger’s spicy warmth makes these oats a perfect match for the holiday season.
Pear Ginger Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats $0.70
- 2 medium ripe pears $1.17
- 3 oz. (about ½ cup) crystalized ginger pieces $0.75
- ¼ cup brown sugar $0.12
- 1 tsp cinnamon $0.12
- ½ tsp ground ginger $0.05
- In a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Once the water boils, add the steel cut oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Stir well and reduce the heat to a simmer (low/medium). Simmer until the oats have absorbed most of the water and they are to your desired thickness (about 30 minutes).
- While the oats are simmering, core and dice the pears. Roughly chop the crystalized ginger into smaller pieces.
- Once the oats are as thick as you would like them, add the chopped pear and crystalized ginger. Divide the oats up into 5 containers and keep refrigerated until you are ready to eat!
NOTE: I ate one serving of this right when it was finished cooking and again the next morning. The pear flavor was much more pronounced on the second day (after reheating). If you plan to eat the oats right when they are finished cooking, try adding the pear chunks during the last ten minutes of cooking so the flavor can permeate the oats.
The pears add quite a bit of bulk to this recipe so there are either 5 large servings or 6 smaller ones. I find that I can only eat smaller servings of steel cut oats because they are extremely filling. I calculated for five servings to be conservative!