There is very little not to like about this traditional Canadian dish. Okay, poutine might not exactly be a “traditional” dish, but the blend of cheese, gravy and fries is a truly unique Canadian speciality ( I highly recommend this website for more canadian dishes). If you’ve never have had the pleasure of eating poutine I highly recommend it. Trust me when I say that there is nothing else that tastes quite like it.
If you don’t live in Canada or anywhere near the border, don’t worry you can still enjoy poutine. You won’t even have to order it, since I found an easy and delicious recipe. Even novice chefs can easily follow my recipe for poutine. All you need are a few ingredients and a little bit of time, and you can enjoy hot poutine at home.
To get started you will need the following ingredients.
- 1 qt vegetable oil
- 1 can of beef gravy (10.25 ounces)
- 5 medium potatoes sliced into fries
- 2 cups cheese curds
You will need either a deep fryer or a large skillet to heat the oil in. If you use a skillet you want it to be deep enough to heat the oil without it going over the edges of the pan. Not only is this a potential fire hazard , it can also result in painful burns. When you are heating the oil, it is also a good time to warm up the beef gravy. I usually just place the gravy in the microwave for a few minutes to get it ready for the fries.
Once the oil is hot is it time to cook the fries. I like mine lightly golden brown, but this is a personal preference. For a light crunch cook the fries for 5 minutes, I actually don’t recommend that you shorten the time. The last thing you want are soggy fries, especially when the gravy is added. Once the fries are done place them on a paper towel covered plate to let the excess oil drain. Remove the paper towel and liberally sprinkle with the cheese curds and pour on the gravy. It should also be noted that poutine is best served hot.
With this recipe you can easily make delicious poutine at home in less than 30 minutes, and this includes prep time. There are only a few dishes to wash afterwards so even cleanup is a breeze. This alone might be why this dish is so popular, along with the simple fact that it tastes great. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. If you have your own recipe for poutine, I hope that you will share it so I can try it out at home.