R wanted to share one of his favourite meals with you: poutine. He's not really a hard-core cook. So, pre-packaged components are sometimes his ingredients of choice. If you would like to see a more "from scratch" version, check out this link to FXcuisine.
John Maynard Keynes once remarked that his major regret in life was not having consumed enough champagne. If he had known about poutine, I think he would have regretted not having consumed enough poutine instead of champagne. Enough of the cheesy opening, let’s get to the real cheese – cheese curds!!! That’s right! This post is about cheese curds smothered in gravy on top of fries. I’m talking about POUTINE! This is R. I’m writing a guest post on Psychgrad and Giz’s blog – Equal Opportunity Kitchen. What good is an equal opportunity kitchen if you can’t blog about a meal like poutine? This posting is our submission to the Potato Ho-Down. My potato-ho name is Teddy Leslie.
Poutine is very popular (especially in Canada) to eat as a quick take-out meal or to eat at a late-night diner after a night out partying, but it’s also very easy to make at home. Sometimes, it’s nice to just have a simple meal that you enjoy. I love poutine, so I picked up the ingredients: French fries, gravy and cheese curds. Here are some instructions, so you too can enjoy lots of poutine at home.
First, cook French fries in the oven until they look nice and crispy. Either straight-cut or crinkle-cut fries are fine. Next combine gravy powder with water and boil it as per the instructions on the gravy packet. Poutine tastes like heaven, so it’s no wonder that the ingredients involve St. Hubert and the patron saint of poutine, St. Albert. I prefer to use St. Hubert poutine gravy and St. Albert cheese curds. Next, place the cheese curds over the fries and smother with gravy. Then, say a prayer of thanks to St. Albert while the cheese curds slowly melt and enjoy the religious experience.
A couple of important points to remember:
- Grated cheese is not a suitable substitute for cheese curds. Seriously, it won’t taste the same.
- Be adventurous. I’ve had poutine with bacon and fried onions. I’ve also had it with peppers, sausage, ground beef; you name it. It all tastes good together.
St. Hubert is a franchise restaurant you can find in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
Add some cheese curds (like St. Albert cheese on top of your fries).
Then the gravy...Voila - poutine.