Grimod’s Gratin

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By Jeremy Round

Published 1988

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A hearty composite gratin, like lasagna or moussaka, of the type that cookery books used to label ‘family suppers’. It is adapted from a peculiar eighteenth-century gourmand, Grimod de la Reynière’s, potage à la camerani.


  • 3 oz butter plus a little for greasing
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz peeled a


Melt the butter in a large, heavy saucepan. Add all the vegetables and cook, partly covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the livers, a lot of black pepper, a little salt, the allspice and cinnamon about 10 minutes before the end of cooking. The vegetables should be almost tender and the liver cooked through. Boil off any excess liquid.