Vegetarian Baked Millet Casserole

  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when my friend's kids asked to try this baked millet gratin casserole. I told them it was similar to my quinoa macaroni and cheese, which they've tried and really liked, and hoped for the best. The verdict? They said it was "really good". I was quite surprised, and I really don't know why they liked this dish so much (maybe the breadcrumb topping?), but there you have it: It's kid-tested and approved by one 11 year old and one 13 year old.

To make this millet gratin casserole gluten-free, omit the soy sauce and the breadcrumb topping.

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup millet
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2-3 large leaves Swiss chard or lacinato kale, chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional - you could also just use a bit of water)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or soy milk
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoon melted butter or margarine or olive oil
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

How to Make It

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish. I like to use a homemade olive oil spray for this.

Cook the millet in water or vegetable broth just until tender, about 15 minutes.

While the millet is cooking, heat the onion and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes in a large skillet, then add the mushrooms. Heat, stirring, for another minute or two, then add chopped Swiss chard or kale and soy sauce.

Cover the pan and allow to cook for just a minute or two, until greens are lightly wilted.

In a large bowl, beat the egg and milk together. Combine milk and egg with millet, cooked mushrooms, onions and greens and Parmesan cheese then spread into prepared baking dish.

In a separate small bowl, combine the melted butter, margarine or olive oil with the breadcrumbs, optional three tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings and sprinkle evenly on top of millet in baking dish.

Cover and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove cover (carefully!), increase heat to 425, and heat for another 8-10 minutes.

To reduce the fat, I've also made this recipe using nutritional yeast and soy milk instead of regular milk, and it's still equally delicious and also dairy-free (though not vegan because of the egg).

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