What’s For Dinner?
Millet Corn Casserole - from R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
From the menu of . . . R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
1812 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta
Q: One of my favorite restaurants is R. Thomas. Whenever my mom visits us, she asks to go there, in part for their Millet Corn Casserole. I would love to get the recipe for her.
- KaLyn Davis, Dunwoody
A: Jim Thomas, general manager, uses organic vegetables and ingredients that can be found at natural food stores, including Sevananda and Return to Eden, which also sell the casserole.
Hands on time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 35 minutes Serves: 16
2 tablespoons organic, unrefined cold pressed coconut oil or organic ghee (clarified butter)
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/8 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon Celtic brand sea salt or Herbamare
1 1/2 tablespoons Spice Hunter brand Spicy Fajita Seasoning or Frontier Herbs brand Mexican Seasoning
6 cups water
2 cups organic millet grains, washed and drained
1/2 cup amaranth grain, washed and drained (a fine strainer will be needed)
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 large red bell pepper, diced
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with coconut oil or ghee and pour mixture into pan. Bake for 30 minutes. You may need to rotate after 20 minutes to get even consistency. Texture should be firm but not hard, and top should be lightly browned.
Thomas recommends using special oils and seasonings. "Coconut oil is essential to the dish both for nutrition and flavor, and can be found at a good natural food store, " Thomas says. "Celtic sea salt is the premium salt for cooking and for good mineral balance. It comes in different grades of grind. I like the coarse grind, but finer grinds are available also.
"Herbamare is an excellent blend of organic herbs dried in sea salt. I recommend both for stock items in the pantry, and either can be used in this recipe, but some seasoning to taste will be needed." Although the taste might differ slightly, the casserole will work with clarified butter or canola oil and kosher or sea salt.