Canadian French Fries, Cheese Curds, and Gravy (Poutine)

Poutine is the culinary combination of Quebec’s early French (French fries) and English (brown gravy) settlers, and its US neighbors to the south (cheese curds). French Canadians combined these simple ingredients into the memorable Poutine. You’d be hard pressed to enter any pub in Canada and not find a plate of Poutine being devoured.

Poutine – Canadian French Fries with Cheese Curds in Brown Gravy

Poutine of decent quality and flavor can be made quickly using frozen or fast food french fries, packaged full-fat mozzarella cheese, and canned brown gravy. It can also be made even more authentic and tastier by using your own homemade French fries, cheddar cheese curds, and brown gravy. How ever you choose to make it, Poutine is a Canadian classic waiting to be eaten with a beer on the side.
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Course: Brunch, Lunch, Snack, Street Food
Cuisine: Canada, North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Large baking pan
  • Medium saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 RECIPE Brown gravy (or good quality pre-made)
  • 3 lb Frozen French fries, baked following package instructions
  • 2 cups White cheddar cheese curds (or substitute store bought full-fat mozzarella cheese, chewy not soft)

Instructions

  • Brown Gravy – Make Brown Gravy as described HERE, or purchase a high quality, already-prepared brown gravy.
  • Fries – Cook frozen fries as instructed on package. (Pre-cooked fries from a fast food restaurant may be used and reheated in the oven).
  • Cheese Curds – If not using store bought cheese curds, cut (don't shred) full-fat mozzarella cheese into chunks.
  • Assemble Poutine – In a large serving dish, place fries along the bottom and sprinkle cheese curds on top. Cover everything in hot gravy. Toss lightly and serve with forks for the civilized version or with lots of serviettes (napkins).

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