Poutine – a delicious combination of crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds, and gravy is a traditional dish of Canada, and has now become famous worldwide. Poutine is one of the reasons behind the craze of cheese curds in Australia. It’s the perfect dish for fries and cheese lovers.
Before we dive into the authentic Canadian poutine recipe, let me tell you that you will need fresh cheese curdsto make poutine. Cheese curds are the essential ingredient that will either make or break your dish, so you must be careful while choosing them. If you don’t have cheese curds, then you might use shredded cheese, but that won’t be poutine – it will be simply be fries, cheese & gravy. I tried to make poutine once with mozzarella, but it didn’t work at all.
So without further a-do , here is my authentic Canadian poutine recipe with a little twist.
For the Gravy
Butter 4 tablespoons / 55g of Butter
Flour 4 tablespoons / 25g of Flour
Chicken/Beef stock 2 cups
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Maple Bacon
Bacon 4-5 strips
Butter 1 tablespoon
Maple Syrup 2 tablespoons
For the Fries & Poutine
Potatoes 2 cup sliced
Cheese Curds 1 cup
InstructionsFor Preparing Maple Bacon
Lots of people love to top their poutine with all sorts of delights, but I like to go with maple bacon, for a little something extra
Step 1: Heat the frying pan
Step 2: Take some strips of bacon and fry them on a low heat
Step 3: Spread the butter and maple syrup over all strips and cook until crispy.
Step 4: Once ready, keep it aside, we will use this to garnish our poutine.
InstructionsFor Preparing Gravy
Step 1: Take a saucepan, put it on a medium heat and add butter
Step 2: Once the butter melts, add flour and stir regularly until it turns brown. The amount of flour to butter needs to be equal, and you can also add some diced onion to add flavor.
Step 3: Add 2 cups of stocks – add them gradually a little bit at a time and let the sauce thicken up until it is the consistency you want. You can add a mixture of water and cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
Step 4: Add some salt and pepper to taste and cook until its a toasty brown colour.
Instruction for Preparing Deep-Fried Fries
Step 1: Cut potatoes into thick sticks. Don’t forget to wash the potatoes properly before cutting
Step 2: Put the potatoes into a bowl and cover with cold water and leave to rest for 30 mins.
Step 3: Heat the oil in your fryer.
Step 4: Strain the water from the potatoes and dry all the excess moisture from the potatoes before you fry them.
Step 5: Carefully add potatoes into the oil and cook for approximately 5- 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 6: Once the potatoes turn golden brown and crispy, take them put them onto paper towel to remove excess oil. For crispier fries, try double frying your potatoes.
Step 7: Season the fries with salt and pepper.
Step 1: Take a bowl/plate and add fries.
Step 2:Sprinkle some fresh cheese curds all over the fries.
Step 3: Warm the gravy and whisk and pour it onto the fries. Make sure the gravy covers your cheese curds and fries.
Step 4: Garnish with finely chopped maple bacon.
Step 5: Serve it immediately, Poutine tastes best while it is hot.
Your family and friends will love this recipe and don’t be surprised if they come back, asking for more. If you end up with some leftovers, don’t worry, you can save them for later. To reheat your poutine, just bake it by placing your poutine on a foil-lined baking tray and putting it in an oven, heated to 200 degress, for about 10 minutes.