Poutine

My wife and I recently grabbed lunch at one of my favorite Indianapolis food trucks, Scratch Truck. For a side, we opted for the poutine, a first for both of us. I’ve seen poutine hundreds of times on TV food shows, but never had the opportunity to try it until then, and boy, did we ever absolutely love it. French fried potatoes, topped with cheese curds (oh my!) and gravy. Really, what could be better? Poutine always looked decadent on TV. It’s even more decadent in person!

Poutine

Drowning In Deliciousness

The gravy is the real start of this dish. Though let’s face it, cheese curds are pretty much wondrous on their own. After quite a bit of research, I settled on a gravy that is a mix of beef and chicken gravies. It’s crazy smooth and packed with flavor. The gravy wasn’t just great, it was fantastic. It would also be stellar on a chicken-fried steak. So you know what that means. Yep, I’ll be making chicken-fried steak soon.

If you don’t have cheese curds where you live, you can substitute block (not shredded) mozzarella. Just tear or chop it into small pieces.

Got leftover cheese curds? Make my copycat of Culver’s cheese curds. Man, are they ever delicious!

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Poutine

French fried potatoes, topped with cheese curds (oh my!) and gravy. Really, what could be better?
Course Side Dish or Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword fries, gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 3645kcal

Ingredients

For the poutine

  • 2 pounds French fries deep-fried and drained (if frozen, cooked per package instructions)
  • 1 cups cheese curds or more
  • garnishes optional. I used sliced green onions, but chopped parsley, fresh sage, thyme, etc are also great.

For the gravy

Instructions

For the poutine

  • Layer fries on a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle fries with the curds (you may have to separate the curds first).
  • Add lots of gravy and garnish as desired.

For the gravy

  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the water in a small bowl or glass.
  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pan.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue cooking, whisking often, for 5 minutes or until the flour has turned golden brown.
  • Add the garlic, stir and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the beef and chicken broths (careful when first starting to add the broths as the mixture will steam a bit. Keep your hands and face back.)
  • Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering, whisking constantly, for 5 minutes or until the gravy is thickened.
  • Add pepper to taste and stir and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 3645kcal | Carbohydrates: 316g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 242g | Saturated Fat: 105g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 8493mg | Potassium: 4538mg | Fiber: 42g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2106IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 979mg | Iron: 15mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Also known as Canadian steak seasoning, this Montreal steak seasoning mix is perfect on burgers, steaks or potatoes. Or on my favorite, smoked habanero meatloaf. This is a great mix to keep on hand in the pantry at all times.

Smoked Habanero Meatloaf Version 2.0

Make It Coarse. Or Fine.

The original recipe for Montreal steak seasoning (as stated below) does call for quite a bit of salt. I suggest starting with half the suggested amount and tasting as you add more, if you need it. I was using the mix in a meatloaf. I wanted it to be a little finer than if it was just mixed up. So I did a few quick grinds with a mortar and pestle. That got rid of any large pieces of spices.

Also try my homemade chili seasoning.

Smoked Habanero Meatloaf Version 2.0
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Montreal Steak Seasoning

Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Keyword Montreal Steak
Calories 61kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.
  • Depending on how you wish to use the seasoning, you may want to lightly grind it using a mortar and pestle.

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 27978mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1386IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.