American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A top crust consisting of browned crumbs and butter, often with grated cheese.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A browned crust.
- n. Food served in a rich sauce and covered with browned crumbs.
- n. The top crust of a dish, consisting of breadcrumbs or grated cheese heated under a grill; the dish itself.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Cookery) The brown crust formed upon a gratinated dish; also, the dish itself, as of crusts of bread, game, or poultry.
- From French gratin (Wiktionary)
- French, from obsolete grater, to scratch, scrape, from Old French; see grate1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term "gratin" applies to any oven-cooked dish that has a protective crust of breadcrumbs or cheese.”
“Broil for 8-10 minutes, or until the gratin is golden brown.”
“Onion Tarte tatin, goat cheese with herbs and a potato gratin from the provence.”
“Remove gratin from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.”
“I love my turnips au gratin, which is just turnips blanched, layered with salt and pepper and cheese in between and plenty of heavy cream.”
“A gratin is a good way to accentuate all that is good about the fig. Run for five minutes under a broiler, the figs become soft and voluptuous, and sweeter.”
“There was a big gold peg stickin 'there all ready t' slide into a slot, so's t 'hold th' gratin 'down, an' all I had t 'do was t' slide it.”
“Mashing, steaming or enrobing the sputnik orb in cheese and baking it au gratin style, are delicious ways to cook the German vegetable.”
“Twice-baked goat's cheese soufflé, and smoky slices of salmon with an unctuous smear of horseradish-tinged crème fraiche, then "handsome and generous" roasted cod with chorizo stew, and melt-in-the-mouth slow-roast lamb shoulder on a bed of minted peas with potato gratin.”
“As expected, sweet potato and goat cheese gratin ($7.50) was sweet, tangy, and just goaty enough, with its black oil and basil.”
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