Definition of gratin in US English:

gratin

noun

  • A dish with a light browned crust of breadcrumbs or melted cheese.

    • ‘Pour the onion and tomato mixture over the eggs in the gratin dish and sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.’
    • ‘Slice the potatoes thickly, and put half of them in the base of a deep gratin dish.’
    • ‘The father and daughter team successfully cooked a black bean hummus, a green salad, a cassoulet of sausages, and a raspberry gratin, all within 45 minutes.’
    • ‘You get a similarly hearty feel from a butternut risotto or a butternut take on a potato gratin.’
    • ‘The second time, the chef humbles our table by offering to prepare a tasting menu, then bewitches us with a gratin of wonderfully tender green-lip mussels showered with tomato-fennel salsa.’
    • ‘It was flanked by a sublime gratin dauphinois with a cheesy, sabayon-like crust.’
    • ‘The cod was a complete success, the gratin bringing this humble dish to life.’
    • ‘For the main course, Grandma had saddle of local lamb, with tiny mushrooms and a ratatouille gratin on a bed of polenta.’
    • ‘Well, here is one unusual but utterly delicious use for some of it as a gratin topping.’
    • ‘Then they were served a beefsteak as the main course, accompanied by a potato gratin with just a touch of garlic.’
    • ‘Lightly butter an ovenproof gratin dish and arrange the chicory halves cut-side down in a single layer.’
    • ‘Sides include gratins and a salad that will be served family-style.’
    • ‘So the meal is set and being plated and after the salad course the two guests in question were served their lovely gratin dishes filled with delicious and creamy macaroni and cheese.’
    • ‘A traditional gratin is cooked entirely in the oven, but I prefer to simmer the potatoes first in milk on the hob, then finish the dish in the oven.’
    • ‘Also you don't have to turn out a gratin - it is served from the dish.’
    • ‘With any kind of gratin, he adds, the cheese should be scorched with a blow-torch to stop it sticking to the foil lid.’
    • ‘Drain and place the cauliflower in the gratin dish.’
    • ‘My partner and I had the Mediterranean salad and the mushroom gratin to start, for main the salmon fillet and fillet of beef.’
    • ‘Place half of this in a buttered gratin dish, then season generously with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The gratin potatoes were melt-in-the-mouth and only the courgettes were a little disappointing, lacking in flavour.’

Origin

French, from gratter, earlier grater ‘to grate’.

Pronunciation

gratin

/ˈɡrætn//ˈɡratn/