Poutine (pronounced “pooteen” if you’re anything other than French-Canadian, and “pu-tsin” if you are) is originally a French-Canadian dish from the province of Québec. Their version of this tasty dish is made using French fries topped with cheese curds and finally smothered in a light brown gravy. Often imitated, never duplicated, this fast-food dish can be found in a number of restaurants across Canada as well as some establishments in the northern United States. No longer considered simply a “greasy spoon” concept however, poutine (or creative facsimiles) has turned up in fine dining restaurants which often entails the use of some form of meat (sometimes pulled-pork, other times buffalo-style chicken, etc.) and pubs and food trucks are picking up on the phenomenon, while international food chains such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King are selling their mass-marketed models. Why is everyone jumping on the poutine bandwagon? Because gravy makes everything good. So, here’s how Texans should enjoy a big plate of poutine if they were ever inclined to try and concoct it.
Texas-Style Poutine Gravy:
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
20 oz beef broth
10 oz chicken broth
Pepper and salt, to taste
For the Fries:
2 lbs Russet potatoes (3-4 medium potatoes)
Vegetable or your choice of frying oil
1 – 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
First, prepare the Texas-style poutine gravy. (This can be made ahead and refrigerated, or it can be made in advance and simply kept warm until your fries are ready.) In a bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water and set it aside. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring regularly to form a roux. Continue stirring for approximately five minutes, until the roux turns a golden brown in color. Now add the beef and chicken broth and turn the heat up to bring to a boil, stirring the mixture with a whisk. Stir in the cornstarch and water mixture, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
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