Every winter, I greatly anticipate the arrival of blood oranges. As soon as they pop up at the market, I buy several.
The problem is, I never know what to do with them. I like eating them plain, and I like putting them in salads, but I also want to use them in oatmeal. Citrus in oatmeal is a tricky task, as they tend to lose their bold, tangy flavor when combined with earthy oats. Plus, because blood oranges are such an underused fruit, I really never know what to combine them with.
So I used FoodGawker. I searched blood oranges to see what flavors other people were pairing them with. There were lots of salads, lots of curds, lots of homemade vinaigrettes. I saved all of them to my Pinterest for future meal inspiration. Finally, I found this Blood Orange and Raspberry Sangria. Perfect.
The main flavor here is raspberry, since raspberries provide a much stronger taste. They are added to the oatmeal immediately in the cooking process, so they break down, flavor the entire porridge, and turn the whole bowl and powerful magenta hue. Most of the blood oranges are used as toppings, making a feast for the eyes and saving the orange segments to be burst with each bite.
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What you'll need:
- 1 blood orange
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup quick-cook steel cut oats
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- zest from one half of blood orange
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Prep your blood orange by cutting it in half and desegmenting each half with a paring knife.
- Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Immediately add the raspberries and half of the blood orange segments. (Save the rest for topping.)
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add orange zest and salt. Stir.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, remaining orange segments, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). You can also top with more raspberries and orange zest.
Just an FYI:
Adapted from my Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal.