How to Make a Gratin + 13 Delicious Recipes

When you hear the word “gratin” you probably immediately think of potatoes, right? Well, although potatoes au gratin may be the ultimate side dish, it is not the only vegetable that you can use the adjective gratin with.

A gratin simply means that cheese is put in the oven at a high temperature where it is left to melt and get crispy. Yes, there is actually a fancy culinary term to describe this wonderful method of preparation!

So now that you know that this word simply means crispy, melted cheese, what are you going to do with this new-found information? What vegetables are you going to put to the gratin test?

To help you start your experimentation, here are 13 au gratin recipes that are so delicious that they may become your main meal instead of a second place side dish.

1. Zucchini Gratin

zucchini gratin
12 Tomatoes

Do you want something a little healthier to gratin? It may make you feel better about indulging in all that crunchy, cheesy goodness. If so, try using zucchini as the base for your next gratin.

Get a recipe here.

2. Macaroni Gratin

macaroni gratin
The View From Great Island

Ok, so you can put mac n’ cheese into the oven and not only does it get a beautiful, golden crust, but it also gets a fancier title. Why wouldn’t you try it? You know it’s going to be great!

Get a recipe here.

3. Celeriac Gratin

celeric gratin
Nutmeg Nanny

Introduce yourself and your kids to a new kind of root vegetable. Try celery root. While this is not a commonly used veggie, it turns out that it should be. It is soft and earthy in flavor and is quite tantalizing when paired with a nutty cheese and baked to perfection.

Get a recipe here.

4. Potatoes Au Gratin

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Once Upon a Chef

Alright, if you like it classic and just love potatoes au gratin you can’t be blamed. Just make sure that you aren’t making it out of a box. Instead, try a homemade version of this comfort food. Your tastebuds will be rewarded.

Get a recipe here.

5. Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Gratin

cauliflower gratin
Center Cut Cook

Cauliflower is a popular substitute for potatoes in soups, so why not in gratins too? Creamy in consistency and white in color, if you add a bit of garlic and a lot of cheese, you’ll be able to fool the pickiest eaters into consuming their vegetables.

Get a recipe here.

6. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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Skinny Taste

If you love Brussel sprouts and are looking for yet another way to introduce them onto your table, try a simple gratin. These little cabbages are roasted to perfection and then topped with melted cheese until everything is bubbling and browned. This dish is a perfect way to enjoy these wonderful winter cabbages all season long.

Get a recipe here.

7. Zucchini Rice and Cheese Gratin

zuchhini rice gratin
Smitten Kitchen

Zucchini noodles, rice, cheese. With these three ingredients you know this dish won’t be half bad. However, when you realize you can add as many combinations of your favorite cheese into this dish that you can imagine, you’ll immediately run out to the store to buy ingredients to make this gratin.

Get a recipe here.

8. Cabbage Gratin

Cabbage Gratin
Erin’s Food Files

There is a lot of cabbage in the winter. Especially if you subscribe to a CSA box, then you know that you often have more cabbage than you know what to do with. Good thing, this cabbage gratin is the solution to your surplus. Plus, it’s delicious!

Get a recipe here.

9. Endive Gratin

endive gratin
French Revolution

Usually you either love endives or you hate them. However, when you add ham and cheese to the mix, the likelihood that you will fall in love with this quintessential French vegetable increases exponentially.

Get a recipe here.

10. Asparagus Gratin

asparagus gratin
Pinch My Salt

This is a gratin that can be made even as the months start getting warmer. It is light enough to eat in the summer, but indulgent enough to be delicious in the winter. What will be your favorite month to enjoy it in?

Get a recipe here.

11. Turnip Gratin

turnip-gratin
Simply Recipes

If you are like many people, then you probably have very little idea what to do with a turnip when you’re presented with one. Do you use it as a ball? Maybe a book end? You certainly wouldn’t add it to your main dish that evening, would you?

Well, yes you can. In fact, sliced thinly and coated with gruyere cheese, you might even find that turnips becomes a regular feature in your kitchen.

Get a recipe here.

12. Fennel Gratin

Fennel Gratin
Closet Cooking

The anise taste of fennel can be too strong for some. However, when you bake it the flavors soften and pair excellently with cheese. Not that most things don’t go well with cheese, but if you’re looking for a new vegetable to add to your weekly repertoire, try fennel.

Get a recipe here.

13. Broccoli and Blue Cheese Gratin

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Leite’s Culinaria

With tender broccoli, crunchy bread crumbs, and tangy blue cheese, this combination will satisfy all your cravings in one go.

Get a recipe here.

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