Poutine is the meal to die for

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Poutine is a favorite food of Quebec which appeals to the many visitors to the province every year.

What is Poutine

Visitors from all over the world come to Quebec to taste the French Canadian cuisine. Among the favourites is poutine. Poutine can be found on almost every menu in restaurants in Montreal. It is that popular. The original recipe consists of french fries smothered in brown sauce and topped with melted curd or mozzarella cheese.

Please note that poutine is not a vegetarian dish, the sauce is made with animal fat; however, there is vegan version available at Aux Vivres a vegan restaurant on St. Laurent street in Montreal. This is the only place you can get a vegan poutine.

Poutine is very fattening, as you might imagine and it is a heart attack ready to happen. The fat contained in poutine is enough to clog your arteries. Depending upon the size and restaurant, a poutine can have as much as 1240 calories, 66g of fat, 121g of carbs, and 42g of protein (for a large serving at Dairy Queen). The average seems to be around 625 – 850 calories per serving in most restaurants.

Where did this Montreal favourite dish originate?

There are several stories about just where in Quebec this tasty dish comes from. Poutine has now become a national treat. Poutine pronounced by the rest of Canada as pooh teen, is actually pronounced, "puts in" here in Quebec.

If you ask Mr. Fernand Lachance of Warwick, Quebec, he will say that the dish originated in his restaurant, in 1957, when a customer came in to ask for a bag of french fries and curd cheese. " Ça va faire une maudite poutine! 'That's going to make a terrible mess!" Lachance responded to his customer.

Mess or not, poutine became an instant success and customers began to ask for it on a regular basis. Lachance claims the popular dish we have today, with the French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy is again, a family variation. He says he started serving the brown gravy because his wife made it and today we have the three-ingredient combination that we Queberers just love.

The story I heard was that poutine is a dish from Lac St. Jean, Quebec. Needless to say where ever it is from, this examiner can tell you that it is good.

How to make poutine

How Do Make A Good Poutine

You start with fresh potatoes, cut your own, or use frozen if you must.
Fry them in vegetable oil, some people say frying them in lard is better
Pour brown gravy on top of the French fries
Then add curds of cheese, the original recipe calls for Gouda, or white cheddar, but you can use mozzarella, which is what I use.
Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted or nuke it in the microwave if you wish.

It is a simple recipe that is eaten alone as a meal, or can be eaten with hamburgers or hotdogs, or anything really that you would normally have with French fries.

Cautionary note: don't over do it; poutine is very filling.

Note: American poutine may not taste the same. Our brown sauce is thicker and heavier, it is also dark brown, not light brown. I suggest looking for the darkest heaviest sauce you can find to get the real taste of the poutine. Remember it is still a sauce not a gravy so it is still lighter but not to light that it is watery.

You can find poutines with thin sauces in Montreal if you prefer it that way (Macdonald's makes it that way), but their poutine is a variation and not the real thing. We also have a package of poutine sauce mix here in Quebec, and a barbeque chicken sauce (a red tangy sauce) which is good too.

Lately tI have been seeing a lot of variations on the traditional poutine dish here in Montreal, such as poutine with bacon, poutine with chicken chunks, and Italian poutine with Italian meat sauce. That one is gross as far as this I am concerned. Apparently there is an assortment of vegetables or meat like pepperoni or whatever you want that is now served.

Unhealthy but good

Here lies the problem, poutine is wonderful, but it is also full of cholesterol and calories. In fact it is a heart attack waiting to happen as they say. Though Montreal loves poutine, Gatineau, Quebec wants to cut down on its consumption.

The city council of Gatineau, Quebec is concerned about the trans fat consumed by its sports patrons. They have decided to ban junk food from their sports events; along with potato chips, chocolate bars, and soda, their hockey fans will no longer enjoy poutine. The sports centers will now offer only spaghetti, muffins, sandwiches, and sports drinks in 2009.

The council says that they are acting on the complaints of parents who want the junk food banned at junior sporting events. Gatineau holds the record for the highest rate of obesity among children in the country. Forty eight percent of Gatineau's Outaouais natives children are obese compared to the national average of 26%.

The council is given the canteens at the rinks three years to make the change over. Since some of establishments around the area have already cut the junk food they have suffered a revenue loss of about 25%. The council is taking the revenue loss in consideration and will lower the canteen rental fees in their rinks accordingly.

Good News for New Yorkers, you can now get poutine in New York City at: Sheep Station | 149 4th Ave. | Brooklyn |
The Inn LW12

Little West 12th St. in New York's historic meatpacking district, it bills itself as a British-Canadian gastropub.

Subways: M,R to Union St.

T-Poutine | 168 Ludlow St. | New York, NY | n
They’ve got eight different types, including a Tex-Mex version with black beans and sour cream.

Subways: F,V to 2nd Ave.

Hotel Griffou | 21 West 9th St | New York, NY

Admittedly not off Manhattan, but with Duck Confit Poutine, no list would be complete without them.
Subways: R,W to 8th St.; A,B,C,D,E,F,V to W 4th St.

Best Restaurants in Montreal for Poutine

Maam Bolduc

4351 Lorimer

La Banquise serves 25 different varieties of poutine

994, Rachel East, corner of Boyer,

Patati Patata – serves poutine with a wine sauce

4177 St Laurent, corner of Rachel,

Pied de Cochon serves poutine with fois gras spread over it

536 Duluth East, corner of Berri,

For a healthier poutine for vegans, there is

Aux Vivres

4631 St-Laurent, corner of Villeneuve,

All photos taken from the public domain

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2015 (#)

I will try this, thanks. Blessings.

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author avatar Julie Ann
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Wow! It looks delicious. Will try that sometime

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