Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
10 Mins
Stand Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
36 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Steel-cut Irish oats give this hearty breakfast dish a chewy texture and full flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place apricots in a small bowl with hot water to cover, and let stand 5 minutes or until plump. Drain.

Step 2

Cook milk, next 4 ingredients, and 2 cups water in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil). Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick and cloves with a slotted spoon, and discard.

Step 3

Stir in oats. Cook over low heat, stirring often, 30 minutes or until done. Top with apricots, and serve immediately.

Step 4

Note: For testing purposes only, we used McCann's Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal.

Step 5

Creamy Wheat Cereal: Substitute 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking (2 1/2-minute) creamy wheat cereal for 1 cup Irish oats. Proceed with recipe as directed, reducing cook time in Step 3 to 3 to 5 minutes or until done. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Original (2 1/2-minute) Cream of Wheat. Per serving: Calories 253; Fat 5g (sat 8g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Protein 9g; Carb 6g; Fiber 4g; Chol 5mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 191mg; Calc 179mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

cynknel1's Review

November 03, 2008
This oatmeal was a most pleasant and delicious change from my usual. Suggest Splenda brown sugar and adding ground cinnamon and cloves with the oats. Apricots can be added with the oats with their water. Why waste the flavor? This way the oatmeal is made in one bowl and one step. I used regular oats in the MW for 2.5 minutes.

emloumar's Review

April 05, 2013
Very good recipe. I will be making again at some point.

Lisajane's Review

March 30, 2013
This was delicious! I used quick cooking oats and modified the cook time. I'm saving this recipe for not only weekend mornings, but holiday mornings and company visits.

SFALUSA's Review

March 12, 2013
I like oatmeal, but have never been crazy about steel cut oatmeal. This recipe changed my mind... It was delicious & creamy. I substituted dried cranberries for the apricots & it was perfect!

samyers828's Review

November 02, 2012

cyclegal's Review

March 13, 2010
I used skim milk and added the dried apricots along with some dried tart cherries at the same time as the oats. An excellent way to start a weekend morning!