Foodie Friday First: Poutine

I tried my first bowl of…

Poutine: French fries and gravy


After my brother raved about poutine from his travels to Canada, I had to try it. Poutine is thought to have originated in Quebec in the 1950s. If you want to make a version at home, try out this recipe.

When I first heard about this dish, I was skeptical. Gravy and fries? But, lo and behold, it’s truly a tasty combo. There’s something really savory and comforting about this dish. I think it’s the blend of cheesiness along with the yummy warmth of the gravy. The only problem with the version I got (according to my brother) is that it used mozzarella bits instead of the more traditional cheese curds.

Have you ever tried poutine?


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  1. Veronica Roth says

    Oh my! The world of FAT TO THE MAX that you’re about to discover…lol. I love Poutine and have loved it for millions of years. Chloe’s father is French and we used to spend months living in Montreal where poutine is king. Of course, it’s really hard to replicate REAL poutine, (the poutine snob pipes up), because hardly anyone makes real cheese curds, the milk, really salty kind which squeak between your teeth when you bite down on them. But then, wait till you try something more adventurous. Last time I was in Quebec I couldn’t get enough of pulled pork poutine. Just be careful because you can gain ten pounds just by looking at it. :D

  2. I’ve never tried it, but I imagine one must close their eyes to the calorie and fat content when they eat it. ;)

  3. You are braver than I am! I’ve been to Canada numerous times and never tried Poutine. Maybe if I went to Quebec during the winter and not in the summer I would seek the comfort of warm food. But gravy is not my thing, so the combo with cheese curds? Not so sure. Again, on a freezing day in Montreal I could succomb…

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Well, I only tried it with my brother’s encouragement. I was thinking: Um, cheese curds? But at least I gave it a whirl.

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