Poutine – What You See is What You Get
Poutine is a uniquely Québécois Canadian dish comprised of french fries and cheese curd topped with brown gravy. In my previous travels to Canada I had somehow missed Poutine, but while traveling this summer it seemed to be everywhere. Pubs, fast-food chains, road-side diners and even a few stand alone Poutine stands were offering the now ubiquitous Canadian favorite.
Poutine is pretty much one of those what you see is what you get kind of dishes. The brown gravy is supposed to be a salty, thin chicken, veal or turkey, but I think many places are cheating and using pre-packaged, powdered gravy. The cheese curds are supposed to be of a special cooked then cured variety, to give them an almost tangy taste, and they were pretty universally good. And the french fries are, well, french fries. The quality and style is pretty much dependent on where you buy them.
We probably had poutine five or six times while we were in Quebec. It is cheap, easy to eat and very filling. I never had one that I would consider delicious, but I never had one that wasn’t “not too bad”. Every one of them was a “gut bomb”. Next time I go to Canada I will probably give it another try. In the mean time, I won’t really worry with seeking it out.
Followup: In the last few months I have decided to put some ads on my site. For this post I was trying to find a Canadian cookbook, but I couldn’t find one.