au gratin


au gra·​tin ō-ˈgrä-tᵊn How to pronounce au gratin (audio)
-ˈgra- How to pronounce au gratin (audio)
: covered with bread crumbs or grated cheese and browned (as under a broiler)
au gratin adverb

Examples of au gratin in a Sentence

They served potatoes au gratin with the fish.
Recent Examples on the Web They were served with au gratin potatoes, oyster mushrooms and butternut squash. Kynala Phillips, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 Scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin come to mind, but my latest favorite is Jansson’s temptation. Eric Kim, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 While both scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes typically use heavy cream, flour, and butter for a rich texture and flavor, only au gratin potatoes also contain grated cheese. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 Frequently Asked Questions Why are my au gratin potatoes watery? Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Potatoes au gratin is like the French cousin of classic scalloped potatoes—with lots of cheese folded in. Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Sides range from $12 to $24 and include potato au gratin and truffle mac and cheese. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2023 Coat a 2 1/2- to 3-quart broiler-safe au gratin or baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Julie Miltenberger, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023 Thick creamy potatoes au gratin, a polite helping of asparagus, more martinis to wash it down. Ben McKenzie, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, literally, with the burnt scrapings from the pan

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of au gratin was in 1806

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“Au gratin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

au gratin

: covered with bread crumbs or grated cheese and browned
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