millet patties and vegetables

Dear neighbors, have you ever had millet ? This gluten-free cereal comes in the form of tiny yellowish pellets. Up until recently, I would always cook it the same old way : first toasted, then cooked in a saucepan with water and always served it with some « wet » food to compensate for its dry taste, such as my celery recipe. What has your experience been with millet ?

One evening however, as I was soaking some rice for the next day’s meal in the steamer basket, I fancied I could do the same with millet. In it went next to the rice. The following day, after cooking, it was much softer than usual, and stuck together. I scooped out a handful…

dont play with food

(Did I hear anyone say I’m not supposed to play with my food?) Anyway, I realized I could shape it into patties. Great !

I then proceeded to coat them, first in egg, then in a flaxseed-almond meal mixture before they went into a frying pan. I served them for our supper with some greens, slivered almonds and moozzarella. Even your other neighbor (the one with sulfite-intolerance and many issues with meatless dishes) enjoyed this totally vegetarian meal !

In this recipe, however, the vegetables go inside the patties. It’s easy : everything cooks at the same time. This is a no-fuss vegetarian recipe.  I also give you a choice of gluten-free crumb coating.

Ingredients (serves 2 )

ingredients

patties:

80 g (= 2.8 oz) millet

100 g (= 3.5 oz) water for soaking

some unrefined natural sea salt (you know the story : no additives allowed!)

vegetables :

a carrot, some peas (right now I am using frozen peas but can’t wait till I can buy fresh ones), kohlrabi, basically anything you like

coating:

– 4 TBSP organic almond meal / tiger nut flour + 2 TBSP ground flaxseed OR approximately

6 TBSP gluten-free crackers, (type « crisp bread ») ground into crumbs a food processor

– 1 egg , beaten

How to:

a few hours or one day ahead:

As for quinoa and sushi rice, I like to wash millet several times. Place in the rice steamer tray along with water. I use a quarter more water (in weight) than millet.

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about 45 minutes before meal time:

1. Shell peas, dice vegetables into small cubes and place in bottom tray of steamer. Place millet tray on top, cover and steam for 25 minutes.

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2. Combine cooked millet with vegetables and shape into 4 to 5 patties. Coat well with beaten egg first, then in crumb mixture. Place on a lightly oiled dish until cooking time.

3. Heat some olive oil in a skillet and fry the patties on medium-low heat, until each side take a pretty golden color. Serve with some greens and nuts for a nice vegetarian meal.

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I am already thinking that I will be making a plain version of these patties (no vegetables) this summer and serve them with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Will you join me then, dear neighbor ?

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