“Shhh, It’s a Secret” Gourmet Poutine

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

October 21, 2015

Ahhh. The classic poutine, invented in Quebec, Canada, with crispy French fries smothered with gravy & cheese is a transcendent culinary experience in every way! You’ll be tempted to eat it all…you’ll see.

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8 large Yukon Gold potatoes

1 tablespoon butter (salted or unsalted, your call)

1 large shallot, minced

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 cups organic low-sodium chicken or veal stock

1 tablespoon ketchup (omit if you prefer)

½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Dash Worcestershire sauce

1 sachet beef bullion (for more intense flavour)

2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted, your call)

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 cups cheddar cheese curds (or grated cheddar if you don’t have curds)

Oil for frying (your favourite healthy oil)


Wash and peel potatoes. Cut potatoes into your desired size (thinly sliced is best) or use a fancy French fry slicer (if you own one)! Place in bowl and cover with cold water, let sit for at least one hour for extra crispy fries.

Make the Gravy: In a large saucepan, heat butter on medium heat and sauté the shallot and garlic until translucent, about 3 minutes 3 Minutes. Add stock, ketchup, vinegars, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon and bring to a boil.

In a separate small saucepan on medium heat melt butter. Add flour and stir until you have a pale roux, about 2-3 minutes 2 Minutes, allowing to brown slightly. Whip the roux mixture into the stock (continuously stirring to avoid lumps) and let simmer for 30 minutes 30 Minutes until reduced by half and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a deep fryer set to high heat, blanch fries for 2 minutes 2 Minutes , remove and set aside for 5 minutes 5 Minutes. Then, fry them again for about 2 minutes 2 Minutes until golden brown. Place on paper towel, season with salt and pepper and place in bowls.

OR Bake Fries (for this healthier version).

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread the potatoes in a single layer. Bake until golden and crisp, about 35 minutes 35 Minutes .

Strain gravy then pour on top of fries and garnish with cheese curds. Enjoy!

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