Going North to Toronto, Eh – Part 2 – Poutine

The second part of our Toronto tour was Larry’s impromptu version of the Canadian dish poutine.  Going North to Toronto, Eh – Part 1

Poutine is a Canadian dish that was first created in the small rural town of Warwick in Quebec, in the 1957.  It is French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.  Legend has it that a customer in a local restaurant had asked for a mixture of these ingredients, but because he was in a hurry, he had them all thrown together in one bag.  When he looked in the bag,  he said “This is a ‘poutine,’” using the joual—or Québécois slang—for a “mess.”  The name poutine stuck and has been used ever since.  This dish even found its way across the Southern Border to the United States, to New Jersey.  In New Jersey, however, they make it with Mozzarella cheese sticks instead of cheese curds and call them Disco Fries.Poutine Recipe | Chuck Hughes | Food Network

I am NOT a cheese fan, nor am I am big gravy fan, plus I am already fat enough and I don’t need to waste my calories on something that I don’t like 2 out of the 3 main ingredients. This one was all for Larry.

We did not have cheese curds and Larry did not want me to make gravy just for him, just for this dish, so he improvised.  He used some leftover mystery sauce we had and added cheddar cheese to it, then added all of this on top of his fries.

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If poutine is your thing, then you will like this, but it is definitely NOT my thing.  To each his/her own.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

10 thoughts on “Going North to Toronto, Eh – Part 2 – Poutine”

  1. Good to know that it means “mess.” Makes total sense.
    I like my fries crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
    Covering them up with sauce makes them soggy. As much as I like cheese, I don’t like it with fries, either.

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