Savory Millet and Hominy Cakes with Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce

Makes 8 cakes

The cakes can be seared in a pan instead of baked. For additional serving options, put a dollop of yogurt or some crumbled feta cheese on top. Or serve grilled chicken or fish on top of the cakes, and garnish with the sauce.


2 tablespoons canola or olive oil for cooking, plus extra
1 cup minced onion
2 cups cooked millet
3 cups hominy, or most of a 4.5 ounce can, rinsed and drained
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
18 teaspoon cayenne

For the Sauce

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 or 2 jalapeños, ribs and seeds removed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add two tablespoons cooking oil, followed by the onions. Sauté the onions until brown, then add the millet, hominy, garlic, and spices and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes. Salt to taste. Cool.

Put 2 cups of the millet mixture into a food processor, and pulse until it forms a sticky ball, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Fold in the remaining contents of the sauté pan. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, continue mixing with your hands to form a large ball of dough.

Pack a 13-cup measuring cup with the dough, and tap it out onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Coat your hands with oil, and form the cakes into patties ¼-inch thick. Bake until the tops are lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.

To make the sauce, combine the cilantro, jalapeño, honey, lime juice, and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt. Serve the cakes hot, with the sauce on the side.

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