Poutine Gravy Recipe

So what exactly is Poutine?

Pronounced “Pooh – teen”;  it is comprised of french fries, cheese curds, and a special Poutine Gravy Recipe. Definitely a splurge, and probably Canada’s most famous dish.

Poutine

In fact, before traveling to the frozen north I had no idea what poutine was, nor had I ever heard of it before. My Canadian sister-in-law gave me a crash course of all the good food I needed to try while in Canada. Poutine was on the top of the list.

Poutine

I know it may seem strange, and probably unappetizing to some, but something magical happens when those crispy, salted french fries mix with gooey melted cheese and swim in that scrumptious, hot gravy.

It’s mind blowing.

Poutine

My first experience with Poutine was in a one-stoplight-town in the middle of who knows where, on our drive to Northern BC. It was a little roadside diner, and we felt compelled to try this “Poutine.”

I was instantly hooked.

If you live in Canada, you’re aware that Poutine is served EVERYWHERE. Even McDonald’s. Last summer a rodeo came to town and instead of serving nachos at the concession stand – poutine. It’s common place.

For those of you that don’t live in Canada, or those that just want to experience this phenomenon…

Poutine

I’m sharing the simplest recipe you can find.

(Unless you live in Canada and buy the canned poutine gravy. Yes, that exists.)

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Poutine Gravy Recipe

Poutine Gravy Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen french fries, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup cheese curds (shredded mozzarella or monterey jack cheese will work too)
  • For the Gravy:
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth

Instructions

  1. Melt butter over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in the pepper, whisk to combine.
  2. Slowly add in 1/4 cup of flour, constantly whisking to combine. After a minute or two of whisking the mixture will be thick.
  3. Combine the broths in a measuring cup and slowly begin to pour into the flour mixture, whisking constantly, until smooth and well blended. Allow to cook several minutes until thickened.
  4. Toss together the hot french fries with cheese in an oven proof dish or skillet. Pour your desired amount of gravy on top and pop back in the oven for a minute or two to let the cheese melt even more. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Wow that this is such an interesting recipe. I have never seen fries like that with gravy so now I must try this!

    • You must try it at least once. Think about mashed potatoes with gravy… it’s just fried potatoes with gravy and cheese… makes sense! ;)

  2. I went all over creation looking for cheese curds once so I could make poutine. The gravy was just regular canned, though, so this will be SO much better.

    I’ve also found frozen poutine at Trader Joe’s. That was a glorious day.

    • Cheese curds are traditional, but I’ve made it with mozzarella and monterey jack cheese (both really great). Basically, any white melty cheese would work, have fun with it!

  3. I know that Canadians eat gravy with their fries…but have never tried it myself.

    I love fries…I love gravy…I love cheese…how bad could these be???? :)

  4. Good Golly Miss Molly—–I rarely give myself permission for gravy or fries. But to have them together! Yikes!
    That would be a plunge! I live in northern Wash State. I go to Canada now and again—often enough. I have never seen this dish. But then I go as a tourist. This is probably a dish for the ‘homies’.

  5. There are also several on line websites you can order the st.hubert (my favourite) or other brands of gravy mix for this .. it is the best way so far for me to get my fix (been out of Canada for 12 years now and so many things I miss, so Canadian Favourites has saved the day on more that one occasion for me.)

  6. Poutine is magical. It is true. And I’m Canadian, so I really know!!

  7. When it comes to fries I eat them naked because I think ketchup is the most disgusting thing out there. I bet if I tried this I’d never eat naked fries again. Trying to decide if that is a good thing or bad thing.

  8. Maybe it’s just a NorthEast thing, but “disco fries” are very common here and essentially the same thing; french fries, gravy, and cheese. Though usually its with a cheddar or American cheese sauce. I’ll have to try it with Mozzarella instead someday :)

  9. Crochetpatch says:

    I’m from Australia. It seems I am suddenly finding references to poutine all over my favourite food blogs. I have always loved my hot chips (as fries are called here) with gravy, so I feel certain I would love poutine! Just another reason to add to the many why Canada is on top of my bucket list of countries to visit :-). I wish I could try and re-create it with the real cheese curds, but these aren’t available here. I think I’ll try butter tarts instead and wait until I’m there in person!

  10. As a Montrealer where poutine has it’s humble origins, I’d like to clarify a few things. Firstly, only cheese curds will do. We don’t do mozzarella or any other cheese for an authentic poutine. Second, the gravy is what we refer to as a brown gravy, nothing creamy or light coloured works. St Hubert’s canned one is just downright awful as they put a mix of herb seasonings in there that just makes it icky and defeats the point of tasting the 3 elements in their natural glory. Thirdly, we never mix our cheese curds with our fries. We simply put a good hand full on top and then add super hot sauce poured slowly on top of all that to warm and soften the cheese. Trust me, when that cheese is sandwiched between hot fries and hot sauce they get quite gooey on their own!
    Don’t even bother to try this outside of Quebec as it’s downright disgusting. If you have a favorite cheese place or farm that makes cheeses, ask them for the curds. It’s just what’s left after the separation of the whey and just before they take those curds to formulate their cheeses, you have that window of opportunity to by them. When they’re fresh, you can eat them out of hand and it’s really funny as the sign of freshness is they squeak when you bite into them. Sounds like the running shoes at a basketball game that you hear in your head!!! Makes the kids laugh!

    • I 2nd this post. One other thing…. It’s pronounced like Poots-in. Like he “PUTS it IN the oven”. When I hear Poo-tine it’s like fingers on a chalk board.

      • Agreed. Fries with mozzarella and gravy aren’t poutine. It HAS to be white cheese curds and dark gravy.

        • Quebec represent! That’s right, I have never had a true poutine outside of Québec! And cheese curd is indeed the ONLY way :)

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