Sunday, August 17, 2008

Guest Blogging: Teddy Leslie Poutine


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.

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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.


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27 comments:

Dhanggit said...

oh my hubby will love this!! it will give him lots of good old souvenirs of his short student life stint in canada!

Bunny said...

I've never heard of this, here we eat french fries with gravy on them, I've even seen people order pancakes with gravy instead of syrup. What do you mean by cheese "curds"?? Hunks of cheese? I bet my kids would love this!

kittie said...

dribble and drool...

I had this once in Canada, and fell hard for it! I've tried a few times - but I just don't know where I can get curds from in the UK... :-S

Bellini Valli said...

I make it even easier on myself and buy fries and gravy from a wonderful fish and chip chop....add the curds and am in heaven in seconds. I have never seen the poutine gravy...am I ever missing out!!!!!!!!!Must be an Eastern Canada commodity.

Adam said...

Wow, I haven't seen Poutine in forever. It's a huge, massive Canadian thing. I remember going to McDonald's (this was years ago) and they have it instead of regular fries.

Soooo right about the cheese curds. That's the best part for me:)

Anonymous said...

hi, that recipe looks great, just found u through a wee bit of cooking!

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kat said...

Ok, we love our cheese curds here in Minnesota but none of my Canadian friends have been able to convince me to try Poutine!

Rosie said...

Sorry to say I have never tried the curds - oh my I am missing out!?!? I have a lovely little chippie where I live and I can get chips and gravy but just love chips and mushy peas - slurp

Rosie x

Nick said...

Ever since I heard of poutine when I visited Canada, I've been a little afraid of it. I kept seeing pictures of it when I passed restaurants and sometimes it looked appetizing other times it looked repulsive! My girlfriend and I weren't brave enough to try it because we felt like we had no idea what was going to be in it. But I'm sure it's deadly...in more ways than one.

Ivy said...

Now the only poutine I know is Vladimir Putin :) Seriously I have never heard of it before but I am sure my kids would love this. Shall have my eyes open now that I know what this is.
I am sending you a Magic Lamp of Luck Award, and wish you Good Luck for the catering you are preparing and for Giz moving to the condo.

glamah16 said...

One day I will be adventorous and try this.

Lina said...

those fries look awesome! By the Way I am passing on two awards to you. Check out my site. :)

Snooky doodle said...

think canadians all love this . My boyfriend is canadian and he loves it too. The pie underneath looks delicious :-)

melissa said...

I've always had an aversion to trying this since I found out from some what it was from my friends in Toronto. But all those damn Canadians can't be wrong. ;)

Emiline said...

Wow! This is crazy...
I would love to have some. Fries, cheese, gravy. What's not to love?

Lori said...

Oh my goodness does that look like it would just melt in my mouth. I am not a big fan of gravy but there is something about gavy with french fries... then add the curds. Wow YUM!

Kevin said...

It has been too long since I last had poutine... I like the sound of adding extras to the poutine!

chou said...

How does one keep the gravy from sogging up the fries?

Psychgrad said...

bunny - Here's the wikipedia definion of cheese curds.

bellini valli - I don't think poutine gravy is particularly different from regular gravy. I think it's mainly marketing.

chou - it is a very scientific thing...in a nutshell - you just make sure that you eat the fries quickly after applying the toppings.

cakebrain said...

oh, I LOVE poutine! but my thighs don't!

Elle said...

Poutine rocks my world!

noble pig said...

This is seriously awesome! Thanks for playing this month! Yummy.

Julia said...

Yum, I love Poutine! Just had it for the first time at a restaurant in cambridge, MA two weeks ago. I've only had it a few more times since :) They sprinkle scallions on top which is a nice touch.

Tim said...

Chips, cheese, gravy. Now this is something I could definitely get behind.

Mrs. L said...

Every time I went to Canada for hockey, I kept saying I would try Poutine....I just never had the guts. Next time, i promise!

Do we even have cheese curds for sale here in California???

Neen said...

I have never, ever heard of this dish! Deep fried galore! Is this the male equivalent to a woman's ice cream carton, in times of need? And R., welcome, and do post more often!

pointpixie said...

I'm confused - how can anyone be afraid of fries/chips, gravy, and cheese?! Three fabulous foods items in one miraculous dish! *sigh* Mmm... SO good! Note: the McDonald's version is not so great - wrong type of fries/chips and too much salt. One needs the thicker-cut fries/chips to really get the proper poutine experience and be able to scoop up the curds. So hungry now!

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