gra·​tin | \ ˈgra-tᵊn How to pronounce gratin (audio) , ˈgrä- How to pronounce gratin (audio) \

Definition of gratin

1 : a brown crust formed on food that has been cooked au gratin also : a dish so cooked
2 : upper crust the gratin of London society

Examples of gratin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't be afraid to venture away from pasta and pick gratin scallops and mussels – or whatever came in that day. Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2021 Transfer the mushroom mixture to a 9-inch pie plate or a similar-size gratin dish and press into an even layer. Jessica Battilana,, 15 Jan. 2021 But a gratin isn't defined by the vegetable, the cream or even the cheese. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 Aug. 2020 Leftover gratin can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Katie Workman, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Vegetarians could easily cobble together a meal out sides such as butternut squash soup with chestnut cream ($35) and wild mushroom-potato gratin ($45), as well as a full hors d'oeuvres platter ($35). Janelle Bitker,, 10 Dec. 2020 Both include a standing rib roast, mushroom and potato gratin, Brussels sprouts and more ($425, serves six). Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2020 Make Ahead: The gratin may be baked, assembled, cooled and refrigerated, covered tightly, without the breadcrumbs for up to 5 days. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2020 Granny Smith apples have the perfect level of firmness and a high degree of acidity for our gratin and baked brie. Paul Stephen,, 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of gratin

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gratin

French, from Middle French, from grater to scratch

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9 Jul 2021

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“Gratin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gratin

: a dish that has bread crumbs or cheese on top and is cooked in an oven


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