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au gratin

[oh graht-n, oh grat-n, aw graht-n, aw grat-n; French oh gra-tan] /oʊ ˈgrɑt n, oʊ ˈgræt n, ɔ ˈgrɑt n, ɔ ˈgræt n; French oʊ graˈtɛ̃/
adjective, Cookery.
cooked or baked with a topping of either browned bread crumbs and butter or grated cheese, or with both.
Origin of au gratin
1800-10; < French: literally, with the scraping, i.e., the burnt part Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Stewed oysters on toast; ditto American fashion, au gratin; fried oysters.

  • Turn part of this cream into an au gratin dish (sometimes called cocotte and sometimes Welsh rabbit dish).

  • May be dressed like soles, (au gratin,) but the usual way is to boil or fry, and serve on a napkin with anchovy sauce in a boat.

  • Stuff 'em with it three times a day—give it to them boiled, fried, au gratin, la Newburg!

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • au gratin, it aspires to more delirious joys: the pleasure yielded develops in proportion to the pains taken to produce it.

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • au gratin dishes, meat pie and various vegetables may be cooked at the same time.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • To prepare cream sauce for à la King and au gratin dishes, use four level tablespoons flour to each cup milk.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • Essentially a Cheese Puff, this is also au gratin when topped with both cheese and browned bread crumbs.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Top everything with plenty of grated cheese to make it authentically American au gratin.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for au gratin

au gratin

/French o ɡratɛ̃/
covered and cooked with browned breadcrumbs and sometimes cheese Also gratinated
Word Origin
French, literally: with the grating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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