Today is Canada Day, so in honor of my Canadian husband, I’m sharing a uniquely Canadian dish: poutine (pronounced poo-teen). It’s French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy and it’s pretty much heaven on a plate. Poutine originated in Quebec and is widely available across Canada. If you ask me, it needs to be more widely available around the world. Discovering poutine may just be the number one perk to marrying a Canadian.
If you’re thinking poutine doesn’t sound all that appetizing, don’t worry, I thought the same thing. And I could not have been more wrong. It is just so, sooooo good! Really, there are no words to describe this medley of cheesy potato and gravy goodness. Even when we cheat and use frozen French fries and prepared gravy, my family inhales this stuff. Of course, on a special occasion like Canada Day, we go all out with homemade poutine.
When making poutine, it’s very important that your gravy is very, very hot, so that it softens the cheese curds. A brown, beef based gravy is another important element of good poutine. And homemade French fries really do put things over the top. Look at it this way, how often do I share more than one photo of a recipe and go on like this? This stuff is the ultimate in indulgent, so-not-good-for-you-but-worth-every-calorie comfort food.
I’ve included my favorite version of crispy baked French fries in this recipe for poutine, but you could certainly use your favorite recipe. The gravy in this recipe really does have an authentic poutine taste to it, so I definitely recommend giving it a try. And the white cheddar cheese curds are a must!
I cannot think of a better way to wish all of my Canadian readers a happy Canada Day!
Who Dished It Up First: The French Canadians. This recipe was adapted from Saveur.