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How To Make Easy Poutine At Home

Delish UK logo Delish UK 18/01/2022 Gabriella English
Poutine is a classic Canadian street food dish, and here's how to recreate it at home. © Hannah Hall Poutine is a classic Canadian street food dish, and here's how to recreate it at home.

Poutine is a classic Canadian street food dish that has been increasing in popularity in recent years comprising of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.

Cheese curds can be quite tricky to find in the UK, although specialist cheesemongers may sell them, so we've created a version using a combination of mozzarella and cheddar to give a similar flavour and texture.

You could also add crispy bacon or pulled pork if you want. We have made a simple gravy using store cupboard ingredients, the Worcestershire sauce adds a depth of flavour and the ketchup adds a slightly sweet richness to balance it.

Yields: 4


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Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 40 g

    butter

  • 40 g

    plain flour

  • 1 L

    beef stock

  • 2 tbsp.

    tomato ketchup

  • 3 tbsp.

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tbsp.

    cornflour

  • 800 g

    frozen French fries

  • 150 g

    mozzarella, finely diced

  • 100 g

    extra mature Cheddar, coarsely grated

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until the mixture turns golden brown and smells nutty, 3-4 mins. Remove from the heat and very gradually add the stock, stirring well between each addition until smooth. Once you have added half the stock you can continue to add it in larger additions.
  2. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and return the pan to medium heat. Meanwhile, mix the cornflour with 2tbsp water until smooth. Pour this into the gravy, season with salt and pepper (bear in mind that both the stock and Worcestershire sauce are salty). Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by half, 20-25 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the chips to pack instructions. Combine the diced mozzarella and cheddar in a bowl and set aside. When everything is ready, taste the gravy and adjust seasoning if you like. Make sure the chips and gravy are piping hot and divide the chips between plates. Quickly scatter cover the cheese mixture and pour over the hot gravy so that it melts the cheese. Serve immediately.
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