The word porridge can conjure images from "Oliver Twist," but this hearty breakfast choice is actually becoming trendy. Several porridge-themed cafés have even opened up in some European cities. Porridge is versatile, healthy and easy to make; you can use any grain you like, such as oats, barley, quinoa or rice. Flavorings can range from savory to sweet by mixing ingredients like spices or honey into the bowl. Explore Food & Wine's porridge ideas to find your next morning meal.

Taiwanese Congee 
with Sweet Potato

Congee, the popular rice porridge that’s eaten throughout Asia, is simple to make and perfect for a soothing meal any time of day. Slideshow: More Congee Recipes
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This porridge of rice and water make for a great base for a host of other foods such as chicken, beef, fish and vegetables. In China, congee is usually served for breakfast, but works just as well as a comforting dinner or lunch. Try these recipes including traditional congee, rice congee with pork meatballs and vegetable congee with ginger.
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Porridge Recipes

This starchy dish is a great breakfast but, as these recipes note, can also be served later on during the day. Our favorites? Here, a selection of hearty porridge recipes, from cracked emmer and carrot porridge to mashed banana and whole-grain porridge.
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9 Recipes for Congee, the Cozy Porridge You Can Eat at Any Time of Day

Congee, the ultra-comforting, classic Chinese white rice porridge, can be dressed up with a range of fantastic savory toppings.
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5 Places to Get Ye Olde Porridge Fix

The bowls of warm grains that sustained Olde England have been inspiring American chefs morning, noon and night.
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Pearl Barley Porridge with Ham and Eggs

Dave Chang first made this recipe at a food conference in Copenhagen, when he had very little to work with. He simmered barley in local apple cider with chicken stock and kombu, creating a deliciously sweet and savory porridge. Slideshow: More Recipes from David Chang
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More Porridge

Kimchi Congee

Spice up a simple batch of congee with flavorful kimchi. The salt and spice of kimchi is a great Korean addition to Chinese congee. Slideshow: Asian Soups
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Kabocha Squash Congee

Simple, light and satisfying, tender kabocha squash is a perfect vegetable to finish off a classic congee rice and ginger porridge. Slideshow: Squash Recipes
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