French-Canadian Poutine dish is made of French fries, cheese curds and light brown gravy! Enjoy this flavorful dish as an appetizer or main meal!
Guys! I ate poutine for the first time when we were in Vancouver and it was oh so tasty! I suppose there is no better place to have your first bite of a popular Canadian dish than from where the meal originated from! Yes?!
Actually, this dish was first created in the provence of Quebec (thank you Wikipedia), but as soon as we crossed the border from Washington State to Vancouver, Canada there was a swap in appetizer options at the restaurants. Yep, the choices went from nachos to poutine!
On any other occasion I would pass this dish up, but heck we were on vacation and you gotta indulge in regional foods! I also wanted a close up look at the ingredients to see if it was as simple as it looks. It is. Super easy, especially if you use pre-made French fries like I did!
This meal is one of the reasons that you’ve seen lots of healthy dishes on The Foodie Affair’s blog since I’ve returned. These fries were worth every bite!
Now I know there are a lot of variations and opinions of what type of stock to use for the gravy. You can use turkey, veal, chicken, beef or a mix if you would like. I used vegetable broth, which I am certain is NOT the authentic Canadian version, but it sure does taste good!
The restaurant we ate these fries from was called The Black Frog Eatery. It was a quaint small pub- like restaurant with a stocked bar and selection of local Canadian beer, which of course we tried.
This is a fun dish to share with a crowd! If you like Chile Cheese Fries then you’ll defilingly enjoy this dish, but make sure you have extra napkins on hand. You’ll need them!
Easy Poutine Gravy Fries
- 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup onion, diced finely
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups vegetable broth (Better Than Bouillon), divided
- 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6-8 ounce cheese curds
- 1 15 ounce bag Organic Yukon Select Fries (Alexia)
- In a small bowl whisk flour and ½ cup of broth together until smooth; set aside.
- Place French fries in the oven according to the packaged instructions.
- In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute until onion is soft and fragrant. Stir in garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the remaining broth, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and simmer (8-10 minutes).
- Add the reserved flour and broth mix whisking until smooth. Continue to whisk as the gravy thickens (1-2 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
- To assemble poutine remove cooked fries from the oven and add cheese curds. Put baking sheet back in the oven and bake for 5 minutes to sightly melt cheese. Transfer to serving platter and top with gravy.