Quebec has given us some fabulous things. William Shatner and Cirque du Soleil spring to mind. But there's one thing that Canadians across the country thank the French province for every day: Poutine. This simple Quebecois dish brings joy to millions of Canadians each year.
At its heart, poutine is a simple marriage of three things: fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. They sound simple, but add them together — as Quebecers have been doing since the late 50s — and they're more than the sum of their parts. The closest approximation to 'poutine' in English is apparently 'pudding' or 'mess' (messy pudding?), but we think it's the ultimate word for comfort food.
We collected some of our best poutine recipe ideas to help you enjoy this classic Quebecois dish. Break out the gravy and enjoy.
Let's start with the simplest poutine recipe of all: a quick, rich Poutine Gravy recipe. This is a simple way to create thick, rich poutine gravy in minutes with no artificial colouring or flavouring using our very own French's Poutine Gravy Mix. It's our way of bringing you a taste of Montreal in a packet.
Just add water and simmer for a minute to create that authentic poutine flavour. When it's ready, pour over your fries for a simple, savoury poutine delight. If you want to level up your poutine gravy, then you can stir in meat drippings for an even richer flavour.
Our simple poutine gravy is a great way to get the taste of poutine on the table when you're in a hurry. If you have more time, then this Ultimate Poutine Recipe might be what you're looking for. It uses another of our Poutine Gravy Mix products, along with some of the other classic ingredients in poutine: squeaky, scrumptious cheese curds, bacon and green onion. A little ranch dressing levels up the flavour, along with our secret ingredient: Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning. The balance of savoury and slightly spicy notes in this seasoning gives a whole new dimension to poutine.
Poutine and potatoes
Who says that you have to pour poutine over fries? Get creative with this Poutine Potato Casserole. A simple combination of hash browns, gooey mozzarella and tangy green onion make a comfort food that you'll go back to again and again. We use our 25% Less Salt & Gluten-Free Poutine Gravy Mix as the basis for this healthier low-sodium poutine treat.
The great thing about poutine is that it can go on anything, including chicken. This BLT Chicken Poutine mixes not just chicken but all the ingredients for one of Canada's favourite lunches: the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
Think of this poutine recipe as a kind of deconstructed BLT. Chicken goes on top of your fries, along with the traditional cheese curds. Then, sprinkle bacon, lettuce, tomato and dressing. Serve the whole thing up as an ooey-gooey, irresistible mess. Try the chicken breaded and fried for some added crunch, or just plain for a healthier option. Either way, you're definitely going back for more.
For those who want to get even more creative with poutine, look no further than this innovative Steakhouse Poutine Burger, which pares poutine down to its basic parts and reassembles them in a bun. This recipe takes a fun approach to a Montreal classic, layering sumptuous gourmet gravy with a burger and potato chips. This combines a mouthwatering mix of opulent gravy flavour with satisfying burger and a delightful crunch in every bite.
The secret to the flavour in this dish is our Montreal Steak Spice 30-Minute Marinade. This recipe combines soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sherry wine for a rich, deep taste that pairs perfectly with the ground beef. Try this dish and make your taste buds happy.
You can stay traditional or go modern with these recipes. No matter how you make your poutine, it's a dish that beckons you home. It's warm, cosy, and comforting, which makes it perfect as the fall nights close in.
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