Poutine is awesome, period. I learned not long ago that this dish originates from Quebec, Canada (bless their hearts), but the first time I actually ate it and subsequently fell in love, was in Jamaica. Fun fact huh!? The dish is basically french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Once you have these three basics you can literally experiment with different additions of meats, vegetables and spices – endless possibilities! It’s mainly thought of as a snack or side, but a wise person once told me that you can make anything a main dish if you just eat enough of it.
My version is made without the cheese curds – because I didn’t have any – but grated or chopped mozzarella would do the trick really. This is also the quick/cheat version of making it and I’m sure you’ll all appreciate how easy it is. The only thing you really have to do is to make the gravy. Everything else you just stick in the oven or fry!
What you need:
Frozen french fries
Grated or chopped mozzarella cheese
Fresh parsley, chopped
Bacon, chopped into small pieces
For the gravy:
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken stock (if you don’t have this substitute with a bouillon cube soaked in a cup of water)
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
Handful of chopped onion
Dash of ground black pepper
-I started by making the fries in the oven as directed and cooking the bacon in there too. While this was in process, I made the gravy.
1. To make the gravy, melt butter in a small pan and whisk in the flour. Stir for 1 minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until you get a smooth gravy. This only takes about 11 minutes total.
3. After the gravy is done take out your fries and put them on a plate. Sprinkle half the bacon on the fries.
4. Cover with the gravy then add the rest of the bacon.
5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and parsley on top.
…AAAAnd it really is that simple. I’m thinking of making a pulled pork poutine soon and maybe a spicy one. Let me know how you like this recipe! Happy Saturday.