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 (grät′n, grăt′n, gră-tăN′)
1. A top crust consisting of bread crumbs or grated cheese mixed with butter and browned in the oven.
2. A dish topped with such a crust: "I find gratins so easy that I probably make them more than any other dish" (Martha Rose Shulman).

[French, from obsolete grater, to scratch, scrape, from Old French; see grate1.]
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(French ɡratɛ̃)
(Cookery) See au gratin
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(ˈgræt n, ˈgrɑt-; Fr. graˈtɛ̃)

1. the crust formed on food cooked au gratin.
2. a dish cooked au gratin: potato gratin.
[1800–10; < French; see grate2, -ine3]
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[ˈgrætæn] ngratin m
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References in classic literature ?
Eggs a la tripe, au gratin, a l'Aurore, a la Dauphine, a la Poulette, a la Tartare, a la Venitienne, a la Bordelaise , and so on, and so on.
"Ah, Monsieur du Ronceret, I've cooked the cauliflowers au gratin expressly for you, for mademoiselle knows how you like them; and she said to me: 'Now don't forget, Mariette, for Monsieur du Ronceret is coming.'"
The focus on quick, healthy meals made in advance addresses all concerns of the modern food fan and offers plenty of innovations, from Chicken and Artichokes to Marinated Pork Tenderloin and Crabmeat Au Gratin. General-interest libraries strong in cookbooks for working patrons will find this a winner.
Endorsed by French chef Joel Robuchon, the Gratin range comprises four dishes: Parmentier au Canard (duck topped with potato) (pictured); Parmentier aux deux Saumons de l'Atlantique sur lit de l'oseille (Atlantic salmon on a bed of sorrel topped with potato); Men Gratin de Crabe aux Macaroni (crab and macaroni) and Men Then Albacore au caviar d'Aubergines (tuna and aubergines).
The dedication says it all: "This book is dedicated to all gourmets who are fond of Grandma's cooking but would enjoy it even more if it were updated and simplified." The glorious color illustrations will lure anyone into preparing these "foods for the soul." Recipes include: Lamb Stew, Moroccan Style; Curried Cauliflower; Leek and Chevre Quiche; Pasta Timbale; Chicken Cacciatore; Pissaldiere; Apple Bread Pudding; Sweet Potato Gratin; Mushroom Strudel; Borscht; and many more.
Rub a large gratin dish with the remaining garlic, then spread the bottom of the dish with half the sour cream.
We'll throw in grilling tips from the experts, and maybe even the recipe for your favorite potatoes au gratin on the side.
There was Hamburg Steak ($7.50), Baked Rolled Cabbage ($8.75), Salmon Namban-Zuke ($7.50), Fried Rice ($7.00), Crab Au Gratin ($11.00) and Chicken Rice Au Gratin ($8.75).
The line includes a rectangular baker with Corning glass insert for $100 retail, a covered casserole with Corning glass insert for $100, a medium oval au gratin dish for $50, a sauce pot for $50 and trivet for $35, as well as other serving pieces.
Maybe the instant rice pudding first turns into macaroni gratin in the darkness when nobody's looking and only then turns back into rice pudding.")
If it's not Imperial Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, chicken Cacciatore, Chicken a la King, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Fillet of Fish au Gratin, Lasagna, or Ziti Macaroni, it's downright fatty.
5 -- Walleye, au gratin potatoes, creamed peas, roll, pears