In the depths of winter, it can be hard to motivate yourself to eat your vegetables. Of course, there are trays of roasted roots and velvety soups and even wintry salads to tempt you, but winter is also the heyday of macaroni and cheese and chili. Comfort, in the end, tends to win out.

Thankfully, there are gratins: the no-fail way to make any vegetable creamy, luxurious, and very, very desirable. Because everyone knows that the foolproof way to make your cauliflower, swiss chard, and brussels sprouts disappear is to coat them in a creamy, sharp sauce and bake until golden. Gratins are also a snap to assemble in advance, making them the perfect dinner party side, make-ahead potluck dish, and holiday table mainstay. Basically, every festive meal deserves a gratin — so we've rounded up all our creamy, crisp-lidded favorites to help you reach your vegetable (and cheese) quota this winter.

1. Lacinato kale gratin

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2. Farro gratin with brussels sprouts

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3. Butternut gratin

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4. Todd Coleman's potato gratin

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5. Cauliflower gratin with mornay sauce

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6. Autumn root vegetable gratin with herbs and cheese

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7. Brussels sprouts gratin

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8. Vegan, gluten-free butternut squash gratin

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9. Spinach madeline

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10. Winter greens and apple gratin

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11. Chard gratin

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