Poutine is one of the greatest things to happen to French Fries. If, by chance, you’re not familiar with Poutine, (pronounced “Puts-In”, not “Poo-Teen”), it is simply this:
Golden French fries drizzled with thick, brown gravy and topped with melted cheese.
YUP, ’tis true. We used to visit family in Canada every year and Poutine was something I would GREATLY look forward to. I’m happy to see this making its’ way to the US. I’ve recently read that it’s popular in Chicago- is this true? I have never been there. But I learned today that of all the US States, the most people who like my Facebook page are from Chicago! Thank you Chicago-nians! (is that 5 syllables?)
Poutine reunites old BFF’s:
My middle school BFF and I used to go to Canada together, (with my mom- to visit her family in the summer.)- and we just L-L-LOVED getting Poutine there. You can easily find it in like every pizza place, and even at McDonalds! Well it’s funny, this BFF of whom I speak has HER own food blog too- when I discovered this, we reconnected immediately (time had drifted us for a bit but we’re back now!) And she will tell you how to make Poutine entirely from scratch. Where as my recipe, is designed to be quick, she does it right. I’m so happy that we are friends forever again! We talk all the time now, after going likkkkee… 10 years without! Crazy right?! I thank the poutine for that.
Traditionally, the cheese that is in Poutine is Cheese Curds. (Sounds unappealing to some, I would imagine, but trust me- it’s not.) I always thought it was chunks of mozzarella (and sometimes it is, and that is good too.) I was able to buy Cheese curds right at Hannafords- where the slightly fancier cheese are. It was just in a plastic Tupperware, similar to what you would find feta in. You can also make at home.
- 5 medium Russet Potatoes (OR a 32 oz. bag of frozen French fries)
- 1 Packet Chicken or Beef Gravy
- ¾ lb. cheese curds- (I found cheese curds at the grocery store where the 'fancy' cheese is, if you can't find any, you can substitute with mozzarella cheese chunks)
- Cut cleaned potatoes into fries, and bake in oven, or fry in deep fryer. You can also bake or fry frozen French fries. (Here is more info on how to make your own Fries from Scratch!)
- While potatoes cook, prepare gravy as instructed on package.
- Once fries are golden brown, place on serving plate and drizzle with gravy. Top with cheese and ENJOY! (If desired, you can bake it at 350 degrees for a few minutes once the cheese is added.)
Friends reunited <3