Steel-cut Irish Oatmeal is completely different than regular rolled oats. These oats are chewier and have a delicious nutty texture. In most cases, they take longer to cook, so to speed things up in this easy recipe; you soak the oats before cooking. Soaked steel cut oats not only cook faster, but they are also healthier for you. Overnight soaking in yogurt or lemon juice at room temperatures helps the vitamins and minerals from the oatmeal absorb into your body. However, we all know oatmeal is all about the toppings, so be sure to use fresh butter, cream, fruit, and toasted nuts.

1 cup steel cut Irish Oatmeal
1 tablespoon of yogurt or fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh or dried fruit
Toasted nuts
White or brown sugar

In a glass bowl, add 3 cups of warm water, the oatmeal, and yogurt or lemon juice. Stir to combine, cover and rest overnight, at least 7-8 hours. When ready to prepare, strain and rinse the oats.

In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of water and the salt on medium high to a boil. Add the soaked oatmeal to the saucepan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until hot and creamy, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve warm oatmeal in bowls with fresh butter, cream, fruit and toasted nuts.