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Classic Canadian Poutine

canadian poutine

Classic Canadian Poutine

When made with crispy fries, homemade gravy, and fresh cheese curds, classic poutine becomes over-the-top—yet worth the indulgence. Don’t be tempted to substitute store-bought gravy for a homemade version, or shredded mozzarella for the curds. If you’re going to treat yourself to this Canadian specialty, you might as well go all out!


  • 3 cups fresh warm cheese curds
  • 2 to 3 pounds golden crispy french fries, still warm
  • For the gravy or substitute your favorite homemade gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot or onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • cups vegetable broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Whisk cornstarch and water in a small bowl to combine. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring until mixture is light brown. Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened and mixture is golden.
  • Add broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in cornstarch and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes or until gravy thickens. Reduce heat to low and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To assemble, place fries in a large shallow bowl or platter, top with curds, and cover generously with hot gravy. Serve immediately.
Featured image courtesy: Shelby L. Bell/Flickr

Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnkova is a Seattle-based food writer, cooking class instructor, and the author of Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes.

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