At first glance, savory oatmeal might sound a little strange to the brown sugar and/or cinnamon oatmeal lovers out there (myself included), but everything about it is brilliant. It’s similar to savory grits or creamy polenta. And it’s addictive.
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Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the bacon to a small bowl and set aside. Add the onion to the oil and cook until softened and just starting to turn brown, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the oats, water, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil then turn heat down to low and simmer until the oats are tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the bacon and cheese. Transfer to a bowl and top with a fried egg.