Potato gratin or Pommes dauphinoises is the best-known gratin dish. A sound explanation:
Try it yourself. Bake layers of sliced potatoes in a dish. As toppings, add grated cheese, buttered breadcrumbs, or both. Now, put it under the broiler for a good scorch. The results?
Velvety potatoes, schmaltzy cheese, and the crisp breadcrumbs. It is flavorful. A small bite is enough to make you feel full.
However, it is all but one manifestation of the gratin. In fact, you probably cook gratin without even realizing it.
Potato gratins is popular that even Ted Allen of the Food Network created his own rendition.
When cooking gratinee, you can choose between complex and simple. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to get the simple recipe. You can transform a simple macaroni and cheese into gratinee by topping it with breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you can forget about your diet and go for the full Gratin dauphinois with grilled meats or roasts additions.
Potatoes are optional. Gratins come in all sorts of ingredients. You can cook chicken gratins and seafood gratins. Vegetarian gratinee is also on the menu with pasta and rice gratins.
If you feel creative with your cooking, you will find a host of vegetables to work with. Cauliflower, Tomatoes, eggplant, or zucchini and leafy greens such as kale, chard, and spinach are open for discussion.
On the sweeter side, sweet gratins have not enjoyed the same popularity of their cousins.
However, some people enjoy them. Some recipes use sliced apples, pears, and sweet potatoes with a cinnamon sugar-breadcrumb topping.