Occasionally Chris will have something to say about food preparation, but only if he has tried it and had good results.
A Savory Alternative to the Traditional Sweet Version
Yes, I’m messing with an old standby that many have enjoyed for generations. Commonly known as cream of wheat, it is also referred to as creamy wheat, farina or semolina, and is usually topped with fruits, nuts, brown sugar, or honey.
One day a few years ago, I was looking through the cupboards for something to eat. Apparently, I hadn’t been shopping for a while, and the shelves were empty except for a box of cream of wheat and an old lady named Hubbard. The cereal must have been left there by my sons because I hadn’t liked it since I was a kid. I checked the refrigerator and discovered a few more odds and ends.
I put the butter, eggs, and cheese on the counter beside the box of cream of wheat and scratched my head. Would it blow up? I mean, this would be going against convention. Would I get sick? I donned my pioneering spirit and went to work.
The result was a hearty, savory meal that kept me satisfied for hours. I’ve added some ingredients since that first attempt. Make the cream of wheat according to the instructions on the box.
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Yield: 1 serving (increase quantities as needed for multiple servings)
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons cream of wheat
- ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup cheese of your choice (adjust amount to your personal taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Option #1: Bacon bits and croutons. These can be added at the time of preparation or served at the table as toppings. You might place these in bowls at the center of the table so your family can add them as needed while they eat.
- Option #2: Chicken breast. Add one chicken breast tender per serving. Bake at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees. Using two forks, pull the chicken until it is thoroughly shredded. Add to the bowl of cream of wheat. This will add 165 calories, 31 grams of protein, and 3.6 grams of fat.
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Yes, I realize that in the video I stuck the bottom of the pan in the bowl of cream of wheat . . . I meant to do that.
- While the cereal is boiling, crack one egg into the saucepan and stir with a wire whisk slowly so the egg whites cook and create a white, stringy effect. Keep stirring, and be ready to turn down the heat if it looks like it will boil over—which it will. Add the butter and stir until it has melted. Add the cheese and continue stirring. Add croutons and bacon bits or, even better, serve them at the table.
- If you have made cream of wheat before, you will understand why I encourage you to rinse out the saucepan, whisk, and serving spoon immediately after transferring the cream of wheat meal into bowls. It sets up like cement very quickly.
Hot and Filling on a Cold Winter Day
If you’re on a diet, cut the butter and cheese down by half. But if it is winter in your world, you’ll want something quick that will warm you through and through. Savory cream of wheat will do just that.
© 2018 Chris Mills