These vegetarian gratin recipes are a great way to round out a menu, whether you are observing a healthier lifestyle full of fresh produce, or are looking for creative ways to cook during the Lenten season. These meatless gratins are considered vegetarian, not vegan, because most of them include butter in the preparation. To make the recipes vegan, simply substitute light olive oil or vegan butter substitute for the butter and vegan cheese for the traditional dairy cheese. The flavors will be slightly altered, but the final results will be very similar to the original recipes.
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This broccoli gratin recipe is a versatile side dish that fits in well with many menus. The smallest hint of sage is nearly undetectable hidden in the traditional cheese and broccoli, yet gives the dish a special complexity.
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When the menu calls for warm and cozy comfort food that's just a little different, try this roasted garlic and herb potato gratin recipe. Just a shade off of the traditional potato gratin, this casserole showcases surprisingly mellow roasted garlic, an herb-laced cream sauce, and Gouda cheese. This herbed potato gratin goes well with roast chicken or beef dishes and is a must-have accompaniment for big, family meals.
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This spinach gratin recipe will be at home on any dinner menu, be it for a relaxed family supper or a special holiday meal. A touch of thyme and a dusting of cheese sparks up the flavor of this beloved classic dish.
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This savory pear and red onion gratin recipe is perfectly suited to a cozy supper in on a chilly night. Caramelized red onions provide an intense sweetness with just the right amount of sharpness to offset the fresh flavor of the pears. That combination mixed with aromatic thyme and an unexpected cheesy topping makes for a heavenly side dish.
Creamy and comforting, this cauliflower gratin recipe features a classic Béchamel sauce punched up by just a little bit of fresh thyme. This gratin is a classic at Provencal tables, and is often served for the traditional meatless Christmas Eve dinner, gros souper.
This gratin Dauphinois recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Potatoes are double-cooked in seasoned cream and then baked with Gruyere cheese until the gratin is butter-soft. This recipe is the ultimate version of classic potatoes au gratin.
This Gruyere, apple, and potato gratin recipe fits the bill when wholesome, hearty fare is on the menu. With inexpensive ingredients available year-round, this savory-sweet dish fits nicely into any dinner.
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