Poutine!

13 Nov

Good news everyone! I am slowly being brainwashed into turning Canadian, and as a result, I decided to try my hand at making poutine last weekend. I have about three different gravy variations for this dish, considering I am always feeding a variety of people with different dietary issues going on. So, yes, here is the delicious, delicious goodness:

What you need:

For chicken-curry gravy:

4tbsp Butter
6tbsp Flour
3.5cup Chicken stock
3tbsp Indian curry
2tsp Cumin
2tsp salt
2tsp pepper

For vegetarian/vegan gravy:

4tbsp butter/Earth Balance spread
6tbsp whole wheat flour
3.5cup Vegetable stock/vegan bouillon cubes
1/2cup chopped scallions
2tsp salt
2tsp pepper

For regular chicken gravy: 

4tbsp Butter
6tbsp Flour
3.5cup Chicken stock
1/2cup chopped scallions
1/2cup finely chopped mushrooms
Salt/pepper to taste on this one

How to make it: 

Heat butter on low heat in small pot. Once butter is melted, add flour, and stir until it is of a roux-like consistency. Add chicken/vegetable stock, and turn heat up to medium, and proceed to add all other ingredients. Stir, and let thicken on low heat. If you find your gravy is too runny, add another tablespoon of flour. This should take you all of 10-15 minutes.

And now, here comes the fun part: the fries!

What you need:

About 3-4 large russett potatoes
1/2cup vegetable oil, if you are doing this in a frying pan
Salt to taste.

How to make it:

Wash potatoes, and peel them. Proceed to cut them into whatever size fries you prefer. I decided to make rather thick fries this time around, about 1/2″ thickness.  At this point you should be heating the vegetable oil on high in a large frying pan. Once vegetable oil is heated (about 175f), throw the potatoes in, and cook until desired crispiness.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the two important steps out of the way, it is time for assembly. Find the largest plate/shallow bowl you have. Throw the fries in there, and cover with gravy. You should top this with cheese curds, but if you cannot obtain those, fresh mozzarella is an acceptable substitute, and for you vegan folks, try Teese Vegan Mozzarella. It is the closest substitute I have come across, and the tastiest.

There you have it. Poutine.

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