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James Peterson's Tomato and Herb Gratin

Hear the word gratin, and my mind often drifts towards rich, cheesy potato casseroles served up in the cold depths of winter. I was pleasantly surprised, then, to hear James Peterson wax poetic on a simple Tomato and Herb Gratin in his Vegetables. Made only with ripe summer tomatoes, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and herbs, the dish is the simplest (and lightest) in a long line of more recognizable baked tomato dishes like lasagna and eggplant parmesan. More

French in a Flash: Endive Gratins

Endive gratin is a traditional dish—it has the rich voluptuousness of a gratin and crisp, bitter verdure of the vegetable. Ham-wrapped endive halves are smothered in a simple béchamel and covered with Gruyère cheese, then baked until the endive is soft and mellow and the cheese is bubbly and gooey. Add a small green salad with a little lemon juice and fleur de sel and you're in business. More

Cook the Book: Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin

This gratin from Lyniece North Talmadge's The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook takes chunks of sweet potatoes and bakes them with a mix of cream, thyme, parmesan, and gruyère until molten, bubbly, and brown. It's just as rich and creamy as you'd imagine with a list of ingredients like that, with the cream and cheese melding with the potatoes, creating a custard-like filling, and a top and bottom crust with plenty of browned, scrape-able bits—the tell-tale sign of a great gratin. More

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