Friday, March 9, 2012

Recipe: Traditional Canadian Poutine

Since Target plans to open between 125-135 stores in Canada 2013, we wanted to get a head start on getting to know the new neighbors. And the best way to get to really know a place (besides visiting, of course!) is over a nice, long meal. So we tested out a traditional Canadian dish – poutine – in our American kitchen. At first sight, we were confused. What is this mess? But at first taste, we were in love. Quebec’s gastronomic contribution to the world is a perfect mix of potato fries, gravy and fresh cheese curds.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

What You’ll Need
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef stock
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds Idaho white potatoes, peeled and cut
1/2 pound fresh cheese curd

What You’ll Do

STEP 1: In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter and flour. Stir until incorporated. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes for a dark roux. Stir in the stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking for 15 to 20 minutes.

STEP 2: Remove from the heat and keep warm. Peel the potatoes and cut fries, 4 inches by 1/2-inch. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and blanch for 4 minutes.

STEP 3: Remove, drain and cool completely. Fry the potatoes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

STEP 4: To serve, spoon the gravy over the fries and crumble the cheese. Serve immediately.

Fun fact: Cali-residents may have already tasted a version of Poutine-like creation from In-N-Out Burger: French fries, served “animal style.”

Photos by Chris New

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to images and recipe from the PR firm to share. Thanks to A Bullseye View. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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