Let’s hope Canadians are as nice as everyone says they are. I think I butchered their unofficial national dish.
Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish of French Fries, smothered in Brown Gravy and topped with Cheese Curds. Because my brother-in-law recoiled at the mention of Poutine (he’s from Quebec), I queried fellow YouTube Next Chef, Jay del Corro aka MrJingJong aka TheAimlessCook. Jay was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and still lives there today. By default, he knows his way around a plate of poutine. For starters, how to pronounce the word properly. Which I still may have mangled.
So, I’m not Canadian. And sadly, all-American Brown Gravy isn’t in my repertoire either. But who knows All-American better than Chef John of Foodwishes? Put it all together and you get my Oven Baked All American Idaho Potato Poutine Recipe.
You gotta watch POUTINE! and learn how to make the Valley Girl knock-off of a Classic Canadian Dish. Psst! Stick around for the bloopers at the end!
Get the Oven Baked Idaho Potato Poutine Recipe as seen in the video.
For more great recipes using Idaho Potatoes, check out the Idaho Potato Commission Website.
Heidi from Savory Tv says
OMG I’ve been saying it wrong my entire life! Hope you are well! x
Jay del Corro says
Your Poutine looks absolutely delicious. I must grab a fork.
Cookin' Canuck says
As a Canadian, I am giving you a round of applause for tackling poutine. Your version looked great, Sara! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
Average Betty says
Heidi, Jay & Dara, You all are the best :)
Heidi, don’t take my word for it! Hope you are great as well!!
I still think you punked me, Jay LOL
Dara, Thank you! Really looking forward to seeing you as well!
Michael Hawkins says
You may have been punked! Poutine is very much a French Canadian (Quebec) dish and english Canada pronounces it “poo-TEEN”. The French pronunciation is something closer to “poo-TIN”. In either case, emphasis is on the second syllable.
Average Betty says
I can tell I definitely wasn’t punked — when Jay wrote to me about Poutine, he said exactly the same thing – english Canada pronounces it “poo-TEEN”. The French pronunciation is something closer to “poo-TIN”… I just didn’t get the emphasis on the right syllable :) Funny.
I am glad someone already tackled the pronunciation thing. I believe you were trying to whip up a batch of Russian leader maybe? This sounds good. Since there are lots of variants on poutine perhaps you have come up with Greek poutine, maybe just throw a little oregano in the sauce.
Interesting authentic poutine most often seems to be made with a chicken based gravy but beef is not unheard of. I will disagree strongly with Jay about the mozzarella as a cheese cued substitute. I haven’t tried fresh mozza but brick style mozza makes awful poutine. In melts into the gravy and you end up with cheese gravy instead of cheese chunks – nasty stuff. I suspect colby cheese would work better or maybe havarti but I have never tried them since curds are the way to go if you can get them for the real deal.
pronounced “poots-in” fyi
Ronen Marom says
I’m sorry average betty, but who ever corrected you on the pronunciation is wrong!!
It is not pronounced like the Russian Prime Minister. It is in fact poo-teen. I was born and raised in Montreal, and I thought you should know the proper pronunciation.
Here is a video, where someone is saying it correctly.
Ronen Marom says
Also, the cheese curds go down first, on top of the fries and then you put the gravy on to so that it melts the cheese.