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Poutine - recipe for the Canadian national dish

Canadian Poutine - French Fries with Cheese & Gravy

It's been a while since I was in Canada, more precisely in Nova Scotia, and tried the Canadian national dish poutine for the first time in my life. A delicious dish consisting of french fries, melted cheese and dark gravy. The poutine is anything but low in calories and is not really healthy either, but pure soul food and simply delicious. Now the recipe for the poutine from Nova Scotia has finally made it onto the blog and I hope you enjoy cooking it yourself.

What is poutine?

The poutine (spoken Putin) has nothing to do with the politician of the same name and nothing to do with the French expletive phrase. Poutine is Canada's national dish, consisting of french fries, cheese and gravy. Poutine probably originated in Quebec, where a worker ordered a high-calorie meal from a kiosk in the 1950s. The kiosk owner then put french fries with cheese and gravy on a plate and called the dish poutine. Today you can find poutine in almost every fast food restaurant in Canada. But there are also restaurants called “poutinerie” that specialize entirely in poutine. The basis of the poutine is always French fries, cheese and gravy. But you can also combine the poutine with many other ingredients, such as mushrooms, sauerkraut, lobster, pulled pork and much more.

Which cheese do you use for the poutine?

In Canada, cheddar cheese curds are used for the poutine, soft, unpressed, crumbly cheddar cheese that does not melt properly and squeaks between the teeth when chewed. This is why the cheese is also called "Squeaky Cheese" in English. In Canada and the USA this cheese is really available everywhere, but not here in this country. You can replace it with a firm mozzarella or a mild cheddar cheese. But that's not entirely original. Original Cheddar Cheese Curds can, however, be ordered online from the Wolters Farm Cheese Dairy.

Ingredients for the Canadian national dish poutine for 4 people:

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 1 onion
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 grams of flour
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 100 ml dark beer
  • 20 g cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 teaspoon Aceto Balsamico di Modena
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt

Other ingredients for the poutine:

  • 1 kg of waxy potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • salt
  • 200 g cheddar cheese curds
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil

Preparation of poutine - french fries with cheese and gravy

For the gravy, peel off the onion and garlic and dice both finely. Then melt the butter in a saucepan at a low temperature and stir in the flour with a whisk. Now add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent. Then add the beef stock and beer, stir the sauce with the whisk until smooth and bring to the boil.

In the meantime, stir the cornstarch with a little water and then add to the gravy while stirring. Now bring the sauce to the boil again and simmer for a few minutes. Last but not least, season the gravy with the honey, the balsamic vinegar of Modena, the Worcestershire sauce and the spices. Keep the sauce warm at a low temperature.

Then wash the potatoes, peel them if you like and cut them into approx. 1 cm thick sticks. Mix the potato sticks well with the paprika powder and oil in a bowl. Spread the potato sticks on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven (180 ° C fan) for about 30 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Turn the french fries halfway through the baking time.

If you have a deep fryer, you can of course use it to prepare the french fries.

In the meantime, wash and clean the spring onions, shake dry and cut into fine rings. Briefly bring the sauce to the boil again. Then distribute the french fries on plates and season with salt. Scatter the cheese curds on top and pour the hot gravy over the french fries and cheese. Sprinkle the poutine with spring onions and serve hot immediately.

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Have you tried poutine before? Is the Canadian national dish also pure soul food for you?

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