Classic Canadian Poutine
|4 large baking potatoes|
|1 quart of canola oil or better yet duck fat|
|2 cups of cheese curds (You may use white cheddar or mozzarella if cheese curds are not available)|
|1 stick of butter|
|2 tbs flour|
|2 cups of chicken stock|
|2 tbs fresh parsley for garnish|
Poutine is a recipe that has its origins in Quebec Canada. It is basically French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with brown gravy. Poutine is a stick to your ribs meal meant to help keep you warm in the harsh Quebec winters.There are endless variations of this recipe. Many different meats and vegetables can be used to spice up the basic recipe.
- To make the french fries, peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch fries. Soak fries in cold water for 10 minutes then rinse and dry.
- Place oil in a sauce pan or deep fryer and heat to 300 degrees. Cook fries in batches then drain on paper towels.
- When all the fries have been cooked allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Raise the temperature on the oil to 365 degrees, and fry the french fries once one more until crispy. Season with salt.
- Meanwhile to make gravy, melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the flour.
- Stir the butter and flour mixture until it turns a very light brown.
- Slowly add the chicken stock and whisk until a smooth gravy is developed.
- Divide the cooked fries between 4 plates and top with the cheese curds and some gravy.