Sunday, October 11, 2009
It's no secret that I prefer to keep, whenever possible, products in my pantry that have at least a tenuous amount of mythic resonance with the style of that golden era we all adore. Well, that's no problem with John McCann's Steel-cut Irish Oatmeal, which seemingly hasn't changed its graphics much since the 19th century.
But it is good? Oh, mais oui. Irish Oatmeal has a thick, nutty flavor that is so far-removed from that bland, bleached-out genetically modified piffle that the guy from the Religious Society of Friends hawks, you won't recognize it. If a cereal can be said to be meaty, this is it.
The main drawback to Irish Oatmeal is that it takes so long to prepare. The package recommends bringing the oatmeal to a boil and simmering at least 30 minutes. However, if you pre-soak 'em overnight, they're all ready to be heated up and served the next morning. Bring it to a boil, then quickly turn it down and simmer it a couple minutes, then set it aside and let stand for a couple more minutes.
Me and all the boys down at the Transylvania Gentlemen lodge recommend pouring a little Bushmills on your McCann's, for a perfect McNulty-approved snack.