Poutine

15 minutes
45 minutes
1 hour
4 to 5
Poutine, a classic Canadian comfort dish, is what dreams are made of! Crispy french fries, rich brown gravy, and salty cheese curds  all come together to create this beautiful dish. Let’s make it at home now!
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Poutine

Poutine, a classic Canadian comfort dish, is what dreams are made of! Crispy french fries, rich brown gravy, and salty cheese curds all come together to create this beautiful dish. Let’s make it at home now!

THE STEAK

Traditional poutine does not have any steak on it but I thought it would be nice to make it more of a balanced meal by adding some protein! If you don’t want any meat, skip this step. We’re going to melt down some butter and mix with olive oil over high heat! HIGH HEAT is key because the meat is thinly sliced so it will cook fast. We want to get a good sear on it without overcooking the meat so high heat is the way to go. Now let’s add some flavor to the meat:

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • smoked paprika
  • chili powder
  • brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce

When the meat is on the pan, add all the ingredients above, mix together, and let the meat sear! Once beautifully browned and cooked through, take off the heat.

THE GRAVY

The secret to this recipe is all in the gravy! I’m going to show you how to make the most delicious gravy without roasting any meat to use the drippings.

Here is everything you need:

  • unsalted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • beef broth
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • beef bouillon base

Add the butter and all-purpose flour to a saucepan or pot over medium heat. Whisk together and cook down for 3 to 4 minutes to create a roux.

Then add the beef broth, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and beef bouillon base. Whisk together and bring to a simmer until it thickens up. Then take off the heat and set aside.

ASSEMBLING POUTINE

Now that the gravy and beef is prepared, we can assemble the poutine!

First, let’s talk about the cheese curds…

If you don’t live in Canada, they can be a bit difficult to find but not impossible. I was able to find it at Aldi and when in doubt, just check Instacart to see which local stores carry it. If you’re not familiar with cheese curds, it’s just cheese that hasn’t been aged yet so the taste and texture are very different and I love it. The flavor and texture reminds me of Arabi cheeses like halloumi cheese. Cheese curds are most commonly made with cheddar cheese, specifically white cheddar, and that’s what I used in this recipe!

Moving on, let’s discuss the fries…

I LOVE frozen fries, they’re convenient and easy and turn out so crispy without all the extra effort. Don’t get me wrong, homemade fries are amazing too and there are recipes on the blog for them if you want to go the extra mile. But it’s a bit easier to just use frozen fries and especially when there are a few other components you have to prepare like the beef and gravy. Even better, if you can find the seasoned frozen french fries, they take your poutine to the next level. You can either fry them in vegetable oil or for a lighter alternative, just air fry or oven-bake them until golden and crispy.

OK now we can assemble!

To a plate or bowl, add the french fries and top with lots of cheese curds. Pour the hot gravy on top all over. You want the gravy to be really hot so it can soften the cheese curds a bit. The rest of these toppings are optional but you can add the steak, caramelized onions, and chives or chopped parsley for a fresh element. And that’s it, now just enjoy warm!

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Poutine

Poutine, a classic Canadian comfort dish, is what dreams are made of! Crispy french fries, rich brown gravy, and salty cheese curds all come together to create this beautiful dish. Let’s make it at home now!

Poutine, a classic Canadian comfort dish, is what dreams are made of! Crispy french fries, rich brown gravy, and salty cheese curds all come together to create this beautiful dish. Let’s make it at home now!

15 minutes
45 minutes
1 hour
4 to 5

Ingredients

THE BEEF
  • 1 pound thinly sliced ribeye
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
THE GRAVY
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon beef bouillon base
CARAMELIZED ONIONS (optional)
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons water
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • frozen french fries, fried in oil
  • chopped chives or chopped parsley
  • white cheddar cheese curds

Instructions

MAKE THE BEEF
  1. To a pan over high heat, add olive oil and butter. Add the steak to the pan. Season with paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix together.
  2. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes or until seared and fully cooked through.
MAKE THE GRAVY
  1. To a saucepan or pot over medium heat, melt down the butter and add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux. Cook down for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the beef broth, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and beef bouillon base. Mix together.
  3. Continue cooking until it thickens into a gravy and then take off the heat.
MAKE THE CARAMELIZED ONIONS
  1. In a saute pan over low to medium-low heat, add vegetable oil, finely diced onions, and salt. Continuously stir, making sure to scrape the pan, for about 12 minutes until it starts to get golden brown.
  2. Then, turn up the heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the onions and stir until it evaporates. Repeat this process with the other 3 tablespoons of water, one at a time. At the end after about 20 to 25 minutes, it should be a dark golden brown and completely translucent. Set aside.
ASSEMBLE
  1. Prepare the french fries according to package directions.
  2. To a bowl or plate, add the french fries, cheese curds, gravy, onions, and beef. Garnish with chives or parsley and enjoy warm!
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