Monday, April 19, 2010


I'm off to Toronto this week for work and guess what...I've never been there. So when I think of Canada, I think Poutine. This recipe basically consists of fries, cheese curds and gravy. I can't believe that this recipe is not from Chicago or Wisconsin but my research says that French Canadians in Quebec are the genius behind this glutenous treat.

If you don't have access to cheese curds and you have tried to track them down at your local cheesemonger and asked around, I would not sub with anything else. You might as well skip the whole thing and do chili cheese fries instead. The curds make it.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Idaho white potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 1/2 pound fresh cheese curd


In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter and flour. Stir until incorporated. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes for a dark roux. Stir in the stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm. Peel the potatoes and cut fries, 4 inches by 1/2-inch. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and blanch for 4 minutes. Remove, drain and cool completely. Fry the potatoes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, mound the fries into the individual (16-ounce) disposable cups. Spoon the gravy over the fries and crumble the cheese. Serve immediately.


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