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Gratin, the word for me conjures up memories of rustic comfort food, a ceramic casserole dish brought to the table family style with silky potatoes tucked under a canopy of crispy, golden goodness, oh my!

A look at the culinary origins of this dish reveals ‘gratin’ is a term used rather loosely to describe a technique originating in French cuisine in which a dish is topped with a browned crust, usually involving melted cheese, breadcrumbs, and butter.

The “Upper Crust”

The terminology is derived from the French words “gratter,” meaning to grate (cheese, breadcrumbs), and the term “le gratin” signifies the upper crust of Parisian society. How fitting a name for the upper crust of such a noble dish!

One of my most favorite renditions of this dish is my version of “pommes de terre gratinées or potatoes with cheese, made with creamy white sweet potatoes, accompanied with braised leeks and complimented with aromatic licorice-y fennel.

In my family, when the gratin hits the table, everyone goes for that oh so yummy crunchy topping. My solution to add to the joy is to stack the potatoes upright in a zig-zag pattern, held up by the leeks and fennel between the slices. Slow baked, the result is creamy, melting soft sweet potato on the bottom and oodles of golden yumminess on top!

Sweet Potato, the Powerhouse Staple

A little less sweet and slightly starchier than their orange fleshed sisters, the white sweet potato is a good stand-in for the regular white potatoes and are wonderful baked or roasted.

A nutrition powerhouse brimming with vitamins A, potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium to boot, sweet potatoes have rightfully so earned their spot as a staple on the healthy plate. So much so that consumption of sweet potatoes has swelled by a steady 6% per year since 2000!

You can read more of the different types of sweet potatoes and their uses here.

I do hope you try this wonderful dish, the perfect addition to your Easter table or any time of year.

Enjoy!

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About Carol Green

Hailing from South Africa, Carol Green is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and well-travelled professional chef, having spent many years on board luxury yachts catering to an elite, high-end clientele. Visiting exotic locales she was exposed to many global cuisines and experienced firsthand popular diet trends as demanded by the clientele, all of which fueled her interest in nutrition. During this time, Carol began experiencing challenges with her own health, and began the journey of researching food as medicine. She furthered her studies and became a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and specializes in healing foods. Carol believes that most health problems can be avoided, diminished, or eliminated through a nutrient rich program. She has seen vast improvements in her own health and that of her clients, assisting and empowering individuals to achieve optimal wellness through addressing the key ‘pillars’ of nourishment, movement, motivation rejuvenation. Her passion is in empowering others to embrace creating healing foods as an important part of a holistic lifestyle. She resides in Fort Mill, SC, and is a single Mom to a bright second grader. Understanding the demands on moms to put healthy food on the table and persuade the kids to eat it, she is passionate about bringing the message of health and healing to readers in relate-able form, with informative articles and enticing recipes. You can connect with Carol on her website, Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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