I can’t stand regular oatmeal. The flavor is fine, but the gloppy texture just doesn’t do it for me. Most oatmeal is made with rolled oats — oats that have been hulled, steamed, rolled, and flaked so that they cook quickly. Steel cut oats (aka Irish oats), on the other hand, are hulled oats cut into two or three pieces, rather than being squashed flat.
Steel cut oats take longer to cook, but they have a lovely chewy texture. This morning, I made some with brown sugar and cinnamon mixed in, topped with dried cranberries.