Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Pomegranate Compote & Cider Syrup

For Thanksgiving this year, I visited my friend (Codename: Candelabra) who recently completed her fellowship in Annapolis and moved to the Midwest for a new position as an attending breast cancer surgeon. And, due to the recent success of the vegan cleanse we did, Candelabra wanted to try a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, a.k.a “no turkey, all sides”, to see if we could do it. All of the dishes we made were very tasty (most of which I’ll post in the near future) and could easily find their way to dinner tables year-round.

One of the dishes we made for dessert, which could also double as a fancy breakfast, was this pan-seared oatmeal with pomegranate compote and cider syrup. The original New York Times recipe (here) calls for “dried mixed fruit bits”. Candelabra wanted craisins which I quickly rejected. We compromised by purchasing dried pomegranates.

This dish was simple to prepare, but be warned. Make the oatmeal first because it needs to chill in the pan for an hour after the stove top cooking. Beyond that, the compote and syrup is nothing more than boiling down delicious ingredients to their flavorful, aromatic essences, which become the true highlights of this dessert. This dessert was enjoyed immensely and thoroughly, from inhaling the plumping pomegranates and reduced apple cider on the stove top to marveling at the understated prettiness of the final plated dessert. Upon further thought, this recipe could be completely vegan if the fat-free milk and the butter were substituted with the appropriate vegan alternatives. I may have to try that in the future.

50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue/the view from great island
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:33:52

    So funny, we both posted a pan seared recipe from the NYT, and with pomegranate! This looks really good, I’ll have some after my red cabbage wedges!

  2. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:54:58

    Love this classy oatmeal 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Hotly Spiced
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 13:48:36

    I love pomegranate and so I’m sure this oatmeal (cooked in a way I’ve never had it) would be wonderful. I’m glad you and your friend had a lovely Thanksgiving. She sounds very talented xx

  4. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 14:00:07

    Mmm, I’ll bet the compote would be good with pancakes too. It should be fun for you to have your friend closer!

  5. TrafficDiva
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 16:22:15

    Pan seared oatmeal?! I love the idea!!!!! I probably would have eaten more of it if it were prepared this way!! GENIUS!!! Hope you both had an awesome Thanksgiving…Welcome back!! =)

  6. saffronandhoney
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 17:43:58

    How cool! Love the flavors.

  7. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:18:17

    I really like oatmeal and pomegranate, this is a very unique way of eating them! Such an interesting recipe!

  8. Norma Chang
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:02:00

    I had to read the title twice to make sure I read it correctly. This a clever new idea with oatmeal, love your presentation.

  9. cecilia
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:02:36

    That looks like my kind of breakfast! c

  10. Simply Life
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:21:27

    what a creative way to have oatmeal!

  11. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:23:38

    I’ve never eaten oatmeal like this but what a fancy change.

  12. Chaya
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:32:37

    I am afraid, I gain weight, just looking at your dishes.

  13. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:55:15

    This is such an interesting dish. Love the looks of that sticky sweet sauce!

  14. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 20:13:40

    I heartily approve of this sort of oatmeal for dessert! What fun for you and your friend to experiment with new dishes for the holiday…looks like a winner here 🙂

  15. Baking is my Zen
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 20:28:29

    I had to do a double-take on the title…Pan seared Oatmeal…Wow. Interesting. Very creative.


    Nov 26, 2012 @ 21:11:49

    This sounds so delectable!! I am definitely trying this one!

  17. rebecca
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 22:18:05

    this looks wonderful very creative

  18. Tandy
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 23:12:45

    oats are not my favourite but this way sounds quite delicious 🙂

  19. Sara
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 00:49:31

    This looks really interesting…I love oatmeal, and this sounds like such a fun way to eat it and a great way to enjoy it as dessert. And dried pomegranates…I’ve never heard of them but they sound AMAZING…definitely will have to search for these at the store.

  20. My Kitchen Stories
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 01:52:25

    What an unusal and really nice idea. Yours looks delicious. Congratulations on your vego Thanksgiving

  21. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 03:15:53

    Very sexy flavours and the picture looks excellent.

  22. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 06:52:10

    What a great way to dress up oatmeal…

  23. kitchen flavours
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:09:41

    That’s a new one with oatmeal. It looks and sounds great!

  24. Beth
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:26:51

    This sounds delicious and looks absolutely beautiful.

  25. Three Well Beings
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:30:50

    This is a wonderful recipe! I love oatmeal even in the plainest of presentations, so this is a real treat. I can’t wait to try it.

  26. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:38:24

    Delicious and pretty!

  27. mireia
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 13:06:01

    Absolutley perfect for Thanksgiving, would never have thought about that!! yummmm Sorry for not stopping by so much lately I’ve been focusing on so many other things of my life that I forgot how much i love seeing blogs, new recipes and your stories!!!

  28. muppy
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 14:27:25

    what a fabulous idea! sounds right up me alley 🙂

  29. Three-Cookies
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 16:26:36

    Pan seared??? Nice caramelisation on the oatmeal:)

  30. Juliana
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 17:48:51

    So interesting this pan seared oatmeal…I like the look of the crust and the sauce on it…yum!
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  31. Ronda
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 19:32:39

    I would never have thought of that. I think the pomegranate was a very wise compromise.

  32. Cakelaw
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 20:06:25

    This looks truly fabulous – very different to anyhhing I have ever tried before.

  33. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 21:09:27

    This is fabulously interesting! Can’t wait to try it.

  34. Anita Menon
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 22:59:38

    The oatmeal looks so beautifully carmelised. Yum

  35. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 00:36:33

    I think I might have to use this photo as my screensaver 😉
    I’m just eating my vastly inferior bowl of porridge and would be all over this, it looks heaven. A vegan Thanksgiving sounds really good, glad you enjoyed it.

  36. Jessica
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 01:03:09

    oo looks sooo fancy!


  37. cquek
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 05:55:09

    Wow! These look divine and sound delicious.

  38. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 06:00:23

    Yum! Pomegranate with my breakfast! Sounds great.

  39. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:03:48

    A great dessert or a yummy breakfast. Oatmeal is on my breakfast table weekly so I will give this recipe a try. I love the pomegranates – one of my favorites:)

  40. Daniela
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:11:36

    What a creative idea to prepare oatmeal!
    And it looks so tempting 🙂

  41. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 10:43:04

    What an interesting looking dish! Is the texture somewhat cookie like, I wonder?

  42. Jennifer B.
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 12:38:33

    This looks so great as a really indulgent breakfast or a healthful, delicious dessert!

  43. Parsley Sage
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 16:11:59

    Oh man, you’re tougher than me. I’m not sure I could do Thanksgiving without the turkey 😉 This does look fabulous though!

  44. libishski
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 01:39:09

    I’ve never tried pan-seared oatmeal but this looks delicious!

  45. tracy
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 11:19:48

    These look so yummy. I love everything with pomegranate..

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  46. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:55:50

    Has everything I love – oatmeal, pomegranate, and cider!

  47. Lawyer Loves Lunch
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 14:42:09

    Finally, a unique way to prepare oatmeal! It’s almost like a crispy oatmeal cookie!

  48. Elaine
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 12:49:41

    I made a baked oatmeal and cranberry dish this week and it was delicious, but missing something and I think it was syrup – your syrup or a cranberry syrup would have been perfect.

  49. Franglais kitchen
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:32:46

    wow I love this clever idea and this looks a great idea for a weekend brunch!

  50. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 01:39:32

    Pomegranate Compote & Cider Syrup. Now that sounds brilliant. I want to taste it!

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