Philadelphian "Roast Pork" Oats for Superbowl Sunday!

Each year the Superbowl is a big day for sports fans. The Superbowl is also a big food day for many. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense too - the event causes all kinds of celebrations that take up much of the afternoon and most of the night for many of us. This year, in 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles shocked everyone outside Philadelphia (and even a few of us in Philadelphia) by making it all the way to this big game!

This has made Philadelphians of all kinds go crazy to turn foods and other random things into something Eagles related, to show their support of the team. We've had "greased pole donuts", the banning of Boston creme donuts until after the big game, puns of all kinds using the names of key Eagles players, and loads of other crazy creations people came up with. Naturally I come up with a Philadelphia-themed oatmeal dish as my way to join in with the celebration.

The cheesesteak is the famous Philadelphia sandwich that tourists make sure to eat during their time in the city. The roasted pork sandwich is the other Philadelphia sandwich. I personally would choose a solid pork sandwich over the cheesesteak any day, and that is why I've decided to make the roast pork sandwich into oatmeal in honor of the Eagles playing in the Superbowl!

In place of the traditional roast pork I chose to use scrapple. Scrapple is a Philadelphia thing - a type of breakfast meat made of pork but different from bacon and sausage.

Traditionally the roast pork sandwich would be pork, broccoli rabe + garlic, and provolone cheese on a good roll. Topped with a roasted long hot for many people, including myself. For these oats, I substituted broccolini for the broccolini rabe and sauteed it with a couple cloves of chopped garlic. I recommend you also add a bit of red pepper flakes when you cook the broccolini.

 Garlicily Broccolini

Garlicily Broccolini

Once you have the scrapple cooking and the broccolini cooked, start cooking your oats. Add 1 cup of Quaker oats to a pot with salt and pepper (to taste) and 1 cup of water, bring to a boil. Once boiling turn down the heat to 2-3 and let it simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Once oats reach your desired consistency remove from heat and pour into your serving bowl.

Scrapple playing the part of the "roast pork"

Top the oats with 2 slices of provolone cheese (you can use more or less depending on how much cheese you like), place 3 slices of scrapple on top of the cheese, and top it all off with the garlicky broccolini and ENJOY!

"Roasted pork sandwich" oats