Gratin – sometimes written as gratinée or au gratin—is a very flexible dish where an ingredient is cooked in a shallow dish – a gratin dish which is an oval-shaped oven-safe baking and serving pan. The Gratin is always topped with cheese or buttery breadcrumbs that will crisp up when the dish is baked in a hot oven or placed under a grill. Adding just cream will also produce a lightly browned crust if baked in high heat. Gratins are usually served straight from the dish.
Gratin originated in French cuisine. The best known gratin dishes are Potato Gratin and Pommes Dauphinoises. Many Tians are gratins too, only in disguise! Also Baked Pasta dishes! Often vegetables are covered with cheese, cream, and/or breadcrumbs and baked or grilled for a beautiful gratin dish.
This recipe is a beautiful, buttery, creamy gratin that combines zucchini with potatoes. A wonderful match.
You might also like to browse all of our Potato recipes here and here. Or you all of the Zucchini recipes here and here. Check out our easy Early Autumn recipes. Also, feel free to browse vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006 in our Retro Recipes series.
Gratin de Pommes de Terre et Courgettes | Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini
|900 g potatoes, peeled||450 g courgettes||25 g butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra butter, for greasing|
|1 clove garlic, chopped or crushed||salt and pepper||1 Tblspn chopped, fresh thyme|
|300 ml double cream|
Cut the potatoes and courgettes into 0.5 cm thick slices. Cook the potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water (salted) for 3 minutes. Add the courgettes to the pan for the last minute. Drain.
Layer half the vegetables, interleaved and overlapping, in a well buttered gratin dish. Add half the garlic and some seasoning. Add the remaining vegetables, garlic and a little more seasoning. Beat the thyme and cream together and pour over the vegetables. Dot the top with the pieces of butter.
Cook at 180 degrees C for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and browned.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2005. It is cross posted on our sister site, A Life (Time) of Cooking. It appears here as part of the Retro Recipes series of recipes.