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Easy Canadian Poutine
Easy Canadian Poutine – This quick and easy appetizer is the perfect comfort food! French fries topped with homemade gravy and cheese curds.
Living in Michigan, we have a close kinship with the classic Canadian comfort food – poutine. Our neighbors to the north made basically the perfect food made from just three simple ingredients – gravy, french fries, and cheese curds. The combination may sound a bit strange but it tastes AMAZING and it’s a great snack or appetizer for game day.
After all these years of it being one of my favorite foods to get at a restaurant, I decided I wanted to give it a go making it at home for my game day party! To get everything I needed, I popped over to my local Walmart and picked up McCain® Craft Beer Battered Thin Cut Fries, McCain® Seasoned Curly Fries Seasoned Potato Fries, and McCain® Seasoned Waffle Fries from the frozen potato department. I couldn’t decide on just one type of fries so I just grabbed them all and thought the variety of different shapes and flavors would be a fun way to jazz up my spin on poutine. Did you know there is a rebate on McCain products at Walmart? Until 5/31/19, you can get $1.50 off when you purchase 2 participating McCain products at Walmart. You can submit your rebate & learn more details HERE!
I chose McCain® because their products are made with real potatoes. Their are a Canadian company that has become the world’s largest manufactuer of frozen potato products and their products are the perfect centerpiece for game day, parties, or a casual dinner with the family. McCain® Craft Beer Battered Thin Cut Fries are great loaded up with toppings, McCain® Seasoned Curly Fries Seasoned Potato Fries add big flavor to your menu, and all of their products have a satisfying crunch with each and every bite!
Making poutine is really easy, you just have to cook the fries, make gravy, and assemble. When it comes to gravy, I made it from scratch because it’s easy and flavorful but you can always use a gravy packet or a different recipe if you prefer. Additionally, if you don’t live near the great state of Wisconsin like I do and cheese curds aren’t as readily avaliable, you can substitute in sliced up cheese sticks or cubes of cheddar cheese. The flavor and texture of the cheese will be different but it still works and tastes great! If you aren’t planning on serving about 8 people this recipe, you can reduce it. Previously, I have made this poutine recipe for 2-3 people and just did one bag of fries, half the recipe of gravy, and cheese curds.
If you want to take your poutine to the next level, try sprinkling some chopped bacon on top or some fresh parsley for a pop of color.
How to assemble poutine
Step 1 – Waffle Fries
On your serving tray, place a layer of McCain® Seasoned Waffle Fries at the bottom.
Step 2 – Beer Battered Fries
Next, add a layer of McCain® Craft Beer Battered Thin Cut Fries on top of the waffle fries.
Step 3 – Curly Fries
Add a layer of McCain® Seasoned Curly Fries Seasoned Potato Fries on top of the other fries.
Step 4 – Cheese Curds
Place cheese curds on top of the fries. Any flavor is fine but I chose cheddar because I thought it would complement the other flavors well.
Step 5 – Gravy
Drizzle warm gravy evenly on top and serve. The amount you use is up to you, I was very generous with my gravy but it’s up to you.
This is not a recipe that reheats well so if you are planning on serving it over multiple days, save the extra gravy and make a new batch of french fries.
When I serve this poutine recipe for game day parties, I always make sure to have lots of napkins ready because this is a messy finger food! I also have little plates for people to put some poutine on so that they can enjoy it while they are watching the tv and enjoying the game!
- 1/2 bag of McCain® Craft Beer Battered Thin Cut Fries
- 1/2 bag of McCain® Seasoned Curly Fries Seasoned Potato Fries
- 1/2 bag of McCain® Seasoned Waffle Fries
- 2 cups cheddar cheese curds
- Gravy (recipe below or use your favorite gravy recipe)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup onion (minced)
- 2 tablespoons shallots (minced)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 cup stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef)
- 1/2 cup milk
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium hear. Add in onion, shallots, garlic, and thyme and cook until fragrant (about 4 minutes).
- Add in flour and continuously mix until the sauce has thickened up into a roux and turned golden brown (about 4 minutes).
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add in stock, soy sauce, and milk. Mix until it is well combined and thickened.
- Remove from heat and run it through a fine-mesh strainer into a seperate bowl to remove the chunkier onion pieces and spices. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Cook fries according to the instructions of the packaging.
- Place fries on a platter along with cheese curds. Drizzle with warm gravy and serve immediately.