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
- 1½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2½ 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.