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If you are a lover of French fries, you should make poutine a culinary must. A popular dish in Canada, this is a mix of French fries, gravy and cheese curds that is guaranteed to provide mouth watering goodness.
No one is sure how poutine originated. Most believe its roots are in rural Quebec during the mid 1900’s. May say a customer in a restaurant called Le Lutin Qui Rit requested cheese curds on his fries to which the owner replied, “That’s going to make an awful mess.”
But I guess at some point, someone thought it would be a good idea or poutine wouldn’t be the popular snack it is today.
Originally the dish was made with only fries and cheese curds, but later on, gravy was added and that’s when it was officially called ‘poutine’.
Poutine French Fries and Variations
Easy Poutine Recipe and Ingredients
The recipe we offer here is pretty basic, but it does include the addition of bacon, pepperoni and sausage which can make the snack heartier. Also, while we recommend using frozen fries, you can always slice your own from a baked or sweet potato. Using frozen fries will make the dish easier to prepare and many will argue that it is just as tasty.
Once the fries are cooked, simply top them with the cheese and meats of your choice. We recommend cheese curds or mozzarella, but you could add cheddar or any other cheese you prefer.
And while we add bacon, pepperoni and sausage, any meat can be added but we think red meats will provide a perfect complement to make a meat and potato style meal.
Ground beef makes another tasty alternative.
But what will really make or break the dish is the gravy, and here we recommend making your own over using store bought. Our recipe (which is included) calls for beef bouillon and Worchester sauce as the main flavorings. Then add flour to thicken as well as butter and water to add taste and consistency.
Although you can use any flavor gravy you choose, we think a rich meaty taste will serve as the perfect complement to the fries. Another suggestion might be a mushroom gravy which takes a similar recipe but includes the addition of actual mushrooms.
Once the gravy is poured, it’s time to serve your dish. After all, you want to be sure your fries don’t get soggy absorbing the liquid!
Poutine can be a great snack to eat while watching television, but it can also be a delicious side for your sandwiches, meat dishes and more.
It is a treat your family is sure to love. It’s easy to make and it’s the perfect complement for any meal. Serve it tonight to see how your hungry crew reacts.Print
The recipe we offer here is pretty basic, but it does include the addition of bacon, pepperoni and sausage which can make the snack heartier.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cube beef bouillon
- 1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
- 1 bag frozen french fries (about 3 pounds)
- Cheese (cheese curds or cubed mozzarella)
- 2 cups cooked crumbled bacon, pepperoni or sausage
- Bake french fries according to package directions.
- In a medium saucepan over high heat, melt the butter.
- Whisk in flour and stir for one minute. Whisk in remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking frequently until smooth
- Season gravy with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 1/2 cups of gravy.
- To serve : place hot french fries in bowl. Sprinkle with a handful of cheese then pour hot gravy on top. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, pepperoni or sausage.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy poutine recipe, poutine french fries