How to make classic Canadian poutine

With summer officially over, it’s time to pack away the tank tops and short-shorts in exchange for cozy sweaters, canvas jackets, and skinny jeans. The signs of autumn are all around, as the leaves begin to change to vibrant colours of red, orange, yellow, and purple, and the days get noticeably shorter and cooler. It’s […]

Food + Drink Cooking and Entertaining Brian Webb

This article was published on September 22nd, 2015

Poutine

With summer officially over, it’s time to pack away the tank tops and short-shorts in exchange for cozy sweaters, canvas jackets, and skinny jeans. The signs of autumn are all around, as the leaves begin to change to vibrant colours of red, orange, yellow, and purple, and the days get noticeably shorter and cooler. It’s the time of year when you want to indulge in your favourite casual comfort foods. In Canada, nothing beats the classic poutine.

Originating from Quebec, poutine can be a complete meal, an afternoon treat, or the perfect snack after a late-night out on the town. The Canadien fast-food dish is something everyone must experience. There’s no calorie-counting allowed on this tasty treat either!

Classic poutine starts off with fresh, hot French fries, typically medium cut and always deep-fried with the skin on. The fries should be wet, not crisp. A layer of fresh cheese curds are added on top of the hot fries. The fresher the better, like the kind found at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters. Fresh cheese curds are squeaky, and will melt easier. Then the fries and cheese curds are smothered in a special poutine gravy, made from both beef and chicken gravy, with a dash of pepper to give it a kick. Instantly the hot gravy melts the cheese.

While the poutine is always made from these three basic ingredients, serving as the foundation, other tasty ingredients can be added to take it to a whole new level including Montreal smoked mean, chorizo sausage, bacon, chicken, and vegetables.

While poutine may seem outrageous and unappetizing, nothing could be further from the truth. Essentially it’s not much different than mashed potatoes and gravy with cheese on top; only poutine is much more wonderful and enjoyable!

Simple and easy to make from home, most of the ingredients are available in your local grocery store. Give it a try. You’ll be thanking us later.

Tell us in the comments section below how you like to customize your poutine.

 

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