Because I realize most of my readers have no idea what poutine is…

Poutine is one of those things that must be experienced rather than explained. So here is a recipe from a source known to me as reliable. I first had poutine in Montreal and later in a department store cafeteria in Saskatchewan (about which we will not speak.) And I’ve had it made for me a few times by well meaning folks who don’t realize how utterly nasty the dish is. I mean, I’m as cheese and fat loving as the next girl but THIS stuff! Wow! You can feel your arteries harden the minute you take your first bite. So I’m pretty sure none of the characters in “Blood Ties” are making it a regular part of their diet. I think it’s safe to say no actor worth his or her contract eats this much, if at all. But it’s about as Canadian as they get, so enjoy! Just remember your cholesterol.

Poutine (Fries, Cheese, and Gravy) Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Idaho white potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 1/2 pound fresh cheese curd

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. 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. Remove, drain and cool completely. Fry the potatoes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, mound the fries into the individual (16-ounce) disposable cups. Spoon the gravy over the fries and crumble the cheese. Serve immediately.



  1. DIZEY1 said

    Hey Gyps,
    I’ve never heard of this dish, is it strictly a northern thing? Down here we’d probably make them chili cheese fries. And yes my Emeril would say pork fat rules, and we like lots of butter and artery clogging foods.
    Sites looking pretty gooooood.


  2. msgypsy said

    It’s a CANADIAN thing so, yeah, I’d say it’s a northern thing. Emeril need not apply (although he’s actually from Massachusetts which is further north than New Orleans…)

  3. sassygirrrl said

    Hey girl! I dated a guy once that made me a poutine! It was great!! And, since I’m originally from Massachusetts, also have to love me some Emeril!!! šŸ˜€

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