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Carrot and Sharp Cheddar Gratin

Scott Phillips

Servings: 8 to 10

This gratin is made a little differently from the others—the carrots are parcooked in the cream, adding an extra infusion of flavor.


  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more at room temperature for the dish
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2-in. dice (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain panko
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 lb. large carrots (about 12), peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
  • 4 oz. coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (1 cup)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 240
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 17
  • Saturated Fat (g): 10
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 50
  • Sodium (mg): 450
  • Carbohydrates (g): 18
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 5


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×13-in. (or similar) baking dish. In a 12-in. skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula, until golden-brown, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter and pour into a medium bowl. Add the panko, parsley, and thyme and toss well.
  • Whisk the heavy cream, mustard, 1-1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4  tsp. pepper into the onion, scraping up any browned bits, and then stir in the carrots. Bring just to a boil, cover, lower the heat to medium low, and simmer until the carrots are crisp-tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Spread the carrot mixture evenly in the prepared dish. Scatter the Cheddar over the carrots, top with the panko mixture, and bake until the carrots are tender when pierced with a fork and the crumbs are golden-brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • jeroline | 12/22/2013

    Excellent dish. Easy to make. Everyone asks for the recipe!

  • ndchef | 02/23/2013

    I loved this! Cut the carrots a little larger and still didn't need 30 min in the oven, more like 20. Next time I'll try adding chicken broth, or using a smaller pan to initially cook them so the cream doesn't cook up so fast. Yummy!

  • allsbrow | 11/27/2012

    Certainly a different way to present carrots. Very rich, but went well with a holiday meal.

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