Poutine

What is Poutine you ask? I had this delicious food for the first time in 1996 while honeymooning in Canada. I’d never heard of this or tried anything quite like it before. It is made with French fries that are smothered in a gravy sauce and cheese. Sometimes the gravy sauce includes cheese curds as well. Although far from healthy, this dish is absolutely delicious. You don’t see Poutine on the menu in the United States very often but I recently ate a local restaurant that included different Poutine options in their offering.  I was delighted to find this great treat in the US and enjoyed eating it again.

Here’s a recipe for Poutine: (I prefer mine without the cheese curds)

poutineIngredients

  • 1 Package Frozen French Fries
  • MySpicer French Fry Seasoning
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup cheese (I prefer cheddar)

Instructions

  • Cook fries according to package instruction and flavor with French fry seasoning
  • Melt butter over low heat and mix in pepper.
  • Slowly add in the flour, constantly whisking to combine. After a minute or two of whisking the mixture will be thick.
  • Combine the chicken and beef broth in a measuring cup and pour into the flour mixture. Stir until smooth and well blended. Allow to cook until thickened.
  • Toss together the hot French fries with cheese in an oven proof dish. Pour your desired amount of gravy on top and pop back in the oven for a minute or two to let the cheese melt even more.

Thanks to the Canadians for inventing such a great dish. I read somewhere recently that there are a few things that Americans really need to thank our neighbors to the north for: hockey, Trivial Pursuit, the Wonderbra, and POUTINE.

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