Maple Bacon Porridge

Maple Bacon Porridge

We eat oatmeal for breakfast at least three days a week. Thick, hearty porridge is a warm and comforting dish, but it gets old fast. I mean sure, you can add a spoonful of sugar to help the oatmeal go down. You could add a dollop of strawberry jam and a splash of cream (which we do), but sometimes you need your socks knocked off at 7 a.m.

Just add bacon! You will need 1/2 lb. of thick-cut bacon, real maple syrup for drizzling, heavy cream, and Scottish oats. I use and prefer Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oats. There is also a gluten-free version. And if you’re curious about Scottish oats, read here.

Maple Bacon Porridge
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup Scottish oats
  • ½ lb. thick-cut bacon, cooked, drained and diced
  • 2-3 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt
  1. Prepare bacon, drain and dice strips. Set aside.
  2. Prepare oats by bringing water to boil. Just before water reaches a rolling boil, turn heat to medium-low and add oats, stirring constantly until there are no lumps. Add a pinch of salt. Simmer on medium-low for 6-8 minutes. Oats will continue to bubble; stir occasionally. Remove from heat and put a lid on the pot. Rest for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add a splash (about 2 Tablespoons) heavy cream to the oats and stir.
  4. Divide oats into four bowls. Top with diced bacon and drizzle with maple syrup.
  5. Serve with hot coffee or tea, and fresh fruit.

And that’s how I blow the barn doors off breakfast! They may enter the kitchen all bleary-eyed and grumpy, but they leave with a twinkle in their eyes.


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  • comment-avatar
    Marilyn January 21, 2016 (8:31 am)

    🙂 I make steelcut oatmeal a couple times a week for dad, and top it with various things – I’ve used maple syrup before but his favorite (until this morning) was applebutter. His response to breakfast this morning, is “that was really good…needs more bacon.” LOL Thanks for the idea!

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      Jennifer Kiko January 27, 2016 (8:39 pm)

      Ha! Bacon makes everything better. He’s a wise guy! lol