Canadian Poutine Recipe

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Canadian Poutine Recipe
Category Main course
Servings 2–4
Time 15-20 Minutes
Level Easy

About Poutine

Poutine is normal dish all through the Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic locales of Canada which is comprised of three things: French fries, cheese curds and gravy.

This formula utilizes pre-canned gravy and fries the potatoes from scratch

Poutinene is a dish of french fries and cheddar curds finished off with an earthy colored gravy. It arose in Quebec, in the last part of the 1950s in the Middle du-Québec area, however its precise starting points are questionable and there are a few contending claims in regards to its development. For a long time it was seen adversely and derided, and, surprisingly, utilized by some to vilify Quebec society. Poutine later became celebrated as an image of Québécois culture and the territory of Quebec. It has for quite some time been related with Quebec food, and its ascent in conspicuousness has prompted prominence all through the remainder of Canada, in the northern US, and globally.


Ingredients

  1. Vegetable oil – 1 Litre
  2. Poutine Sauce/Gravy – 1 (290 g) can
  3. Potatoes – 5 Medium  Size
  4. Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds/Mozzarella – 2 cups

Equipment Required

  1. Deep Fat fryer/Large stove pot – Fry the Potatoes
  2. Saucepan/Cup – For Warming Gravy
  3. Serving Dish – To Act as a Basket for the Fried Potatoes

Steps

  • Slice potatoes into finger-width fries and rinse them well to remove any dirt
  • Begin warming gravy, keep the temperature low enough for a slow heating
  • Heat oil to 185°C (365°F)
  • Cook sliced potatoes in the oil, this should take about 5 minutes
  • Following a first frying to cook the potatoes, they are often removed and then fried again for about 1 minute to crisp the outside
  • Remove the fries from the oil; optionally place them on a paper towel mat to absorb excess oil
  • Move the fries to a serving dish and put room-temperature cheese curds over the fries
  • Pour the gravy over the top; the dish should be served before the cheese curds start to melt

Canadian Poutine Recipe

Tips

  • Fresh cheddar cheese curds (preferably less than one day old) and crispy fries are considered essential to heighten the dynamic contrasts in texture, temperature and viscosity for which the dish is known.
    • Air and moisture seep out of the curds over time, which alters their acidity level and causes proteins to lose their elasticity. This causes the curds to lose their complex texture and squeakiness. Food safety practices require refrigerating curds more than a day old, but this suppresses the properties of their texture.
    • Because fresh curds are not always available, mozzarella cheese may be an unavoidable substitute.
  • The sauce is traditionally a light and thin chicken gravy. A light gravy will more easily coat all the fries, emulsifying into the remaining frying oil and unifying the dish. A sauce brune which is a combination of chicken and beef stock may also be used.
  • The high dynamic contrasts make eating poutine a rich sensory experience. Even small variations – relative temperatures, the size of the curds, the oil used for frying, or spices in the gravy – can result in a distinctly different poutine.
  • Restaurants which specialize in poutine, called poutineries, often have dozens of varieties, most of which add a meat topping with the gravy adjusted for balance.
  • There are many internationally inspired variants which replace some or all of the ingredients but maintain the contrasts of a crispy element, a dairy-like element, and a unifying sauce:
    • Replacing gravy with salsa, the cheese curds with sour cream, adding diced onions and tomatoes turns poutine into mexipoutine, an item also carried by the likes of Taco Bell under the name "Fries Supreme".
    • Replacing the gravy with marinara sauce, adding either loose lean ground beef or crumbled sausage and replacing the cheese curds with mozzarella cheese changes the dish to poutine Italiano, used in several fast food restaurants in Toronto, Ontario.

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