Make Ahead

Millet with Cheese and Chives

April  4, 2011
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2 or 3 as dinner, 6 as a side dish
Author Notes

Last week I decided to experiment with one of the grains on the list I'd never cooked with before: millet. A few weeks before, I'd come across a great-looking recipe for millet and cheddar polenta in a recent issue of Fine Cooking and was intrigued to say the least. (Let's face it: I'm intrigued by pretty much anything that sounds like nursery food and contains cheese.) I figured this recipe would be as good a place to start my millet research as any and set to work riffing. The resulting dish, comforting and savory, just may be my new favorite supper to snuggle up on the couch with. —Merrill Stubbs

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup millet
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces Asiago Fresco or Fontina, diced
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (I used Fourme D'Ambert)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  1. Rinse and drain the millet and put it in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the millet starts to smell and look toasty.
  2. Add the milk, 3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and the olive oil and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir once, lower the heat so that the liquid is just simmering and cover. Cook the millet for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until it starts to look thick and porridgey. Stir well and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the pan, and adding more water if it seems too thick. The finished porridge should be creamy and thick but still a bit liquid; the millet will have mostly broken down, with a few nutty bites here and there.
  3. Add the cheeses and stir well until they melt. Add more salt and black pepper to taste (I like a lot) of pepper, and stir in the chives just before serving. Spoon a large helping into a bowl, grab a spoon, and cozy up on the couch.

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17 Reviews

Lisa M. March 28, 2014
Mmmm just made this with almond milk, goat cheese and scallions. Amazing!
Park R. October 19, 2012
Great complimentary dish to the filet mignon I grilled up this evening for a low gluten meal. I was wondering if your have an opinion on soaking the millet for several hours in a lemon juice before making this dish? The acidity breaks down certain amino acid chains in the grain and supposedly makes it easier to digest.
Merrill S. October 20, 2012
Have never tried that -- does it change the texture/taste?
Park R. October 20, 2012
It neutralizes phytic acid, which is an anti-nutrient that prevents absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. I may use buttermilk in place of lemon juice next time around. It may add a creamier texture. I lost my colon two decades ago, so nutrient absotion of food is as important as smell, texture and taste to me.

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Merrill S. October 20, 2012
What a lovely compliment -- thank you so much! And please let me know how the buttermilk works out if you try it.
Jennifer Y. May 19, 2017
Love your site! I just need to make some recipes!
CAG August 24, 2017
Wow, so if I'm reading this correctly it could help those with CKD in blocking certain harmful minerals by preventing their absorption! Sounds like a game changer for my cooking habits in helping my husband, who is Stage IV kidney failure. I'm hoping phosphorus is one of the minerals it will "leach". He does love grits!
CAG August 24, 2017
p.s. If anyone knows anything further about this or can correct me if I am wrong...Please and Thank you.
AntiquarianCooks March 29, 2012
Add this to the list "Things I Need To Make Before It Gets Too Warm!"
Vstarr71 March 4, 2012
Wow! What a delightful surprise! Served this with the chicken with fig, honey and red wine sauce. Amazingly easy and rich. I agree with the previous reviewer...this would be perfect with a poached egg on top! Yum!
jwlucas February 29, 2012
Delicious! I tweaked it based on available cheese (provolone cubes) and my son was relieved that it yielded a creamy, grits-like consistency. I can totally see this for breakfast topped with a runny fried egg.
sgoyette April 30, 2011
This was amazing! Makes a perfect breakfast with a poached or sunny-side-up egg on top! I also did it for dinner topped with fiddleheads sauteed with a little pancetta.
mrslarkin April 4, 2011
mmmm....yummy. I bet a dollop of creme fraiche would be tasty, too. ;)
Merrill S. April 5, 2011
Oh, man. How could I have left that out??
boulangere April 4, 2011
Would this work as a dip? I love millet - I toss it into bread (uncooked). I'm also a bird-watcher and have parakeets among the other livestock, so . . . clearly I'm part avian.
Merrill S. April 4, 2011
It might be a little weird as a dip because it's so starchy -- but who knows?
boulangere April 4, 2011
Maybe herbed up with some pita chips?