Macintosh and Millet Pilaf

2 1/2 cups millet
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup shallots, finely diced
2 T. olive oil
2 cups Macintosh apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 T. ginger, minced
1 T. garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1 cup apple juice
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley

In a non-stick saucepan, place the millet, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Remove the millet from the pan and set aside. In the same saucepan, place the almonds, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove the almonds from the pan and set aside. Return the saucepan to the heat and saute the onion and shallots in olive oil for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the apple, ginger, garlic, bay leaf, and cinnamon stick, and saute an additional 3 minutes. Add the reserved millet, vegetable stock, apple juice, salt, and pepper to the saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to allow the millet to steam. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick and discard. Fluff the pilaf with a fork, add the remaining ingredients, the reserved toasted almonds, and fluff the pilaf again to incorporate them. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6-8


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