May 23, 2017

Cabbage Millet Casserole

One reason we love casseroles is for their “anything goes” versatility. Add, subtract or multiply the ingredients in this dish to make it all your own. Many of the fresh ingredients you can grow yourself and you can mix it up by substituting your own stewed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, giving it a chunkier variation.

Cabbage Millet Casserole

Faith Pineo Photo | Cabbage Millet Casserole

Cabbage Millet Casserole

2/3 cup uncooked millet
8-10 large cabbage leaves, ribs removed*
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
8-10 button mushrooms, chopped
2 8oz. cans tomato sauce
parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil

To cook millet: Ratio of liquid to millet is always 3:1. So use 2 cups of water or broth for 2/3 cup millet. Add pepper, salt to taste and, if desired, 2 tsp. low sodium chicken or veggie bouillon granules. Cover and cook on low until liquid is absorbed (20-25 minutes). Do not stir. Fluff lightly with a fork as millet will become like mashed potatoes if stirred with a spoon. Set aside.

Lightly steam cabbage leaves until soft. Set aside.

Saute onion, garlic, mushrooms in olive oil with pepper. (Other veggies also could be added such as shredded carrot, diced zucchini, green pepper, etc. Some crumbled soy “meat” or even crumbled hot sausage could be added, if desired.) Set aside.

To assemble: In a 9×13 baking dish, cover bottom with half of cabbage. “Crumble” millet over them, shake on some pepper, salt, if desired, dried oregano and basil to taste (fresh can also be used), parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Top with sauteed veggies, then pour 1 can tomato sauce over that. Cover with remaining cabbage leaves, spread other can of tomato sauce over them, shake on more parm, sprinkle on a bit more oregano, basil and pepper, drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, uncover for last 10 minutes. Serve with some nice, hearty bread.

*No doubt that bagged, pre-shredded cabbage could be used in place of cabbage leaves. Just saute lightly before using in casserole.