There are a few truly Canadian recipes that come to mind when it comes to celebrating Canada Day. I have to admit I’ve never made any Canadian inspired recipes before so I decided to do it up this year. One of the most beloved Canadian dishes and one I only discovered when I came to Canada, is poutine. My boyfriend and I recently attended the Poutine Festival here in Toronto a few weeks ago. We enjoyed it so much that I got inspired to create our own version. The dish came out so amazing that I just had to share the recipe with you our readers. So this week I’m sharing with you how to make delicious poutine that’s easy and scrumptious.
How To Make Delicious Poutine That’s Easy And Scrumptious
What Is Exactly Poutine?
I have to admit I’ve never heard of poutine until I came to Canada. And upon learning what it was I actually thought it wasn’t all that appealing. But over the years this famous Canadian dish has grown on me. Poutine is basically French Fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. It originated in Quebec and made its way to other parts of Canada. There are even poutine celebrations not only in Montreal and Quebec but also in Toronto and other areas. And as I mentioned we recently attended a Poutine Festival here in Toronto where awesome food trucks (mostly from Montreal) converged at Yonge and Dundas Square for a span of two days. We were able to try pulled pork and ribs delicious poutine which was simply scrumptious. Oh my mouth is still watering when I think of this dish.
Pulled Pork and Ribs Poutine
Our Version of Delicious Poutine
As luck will have it I recently received a fun and Canadian themed complimentary VoxBox from Influenster. If you haven’t heard of Influenster make sure you check out my article that talks about it here. When you sign up for it you can receive some great products completely free in exchange for an honest review. This VoxBox included Poutine gravy mix from Club House and I was really excited to try it out. So what better way to celebrate Canada Day but to finally make our own delicious poutine. We decided to use ingredients we normally already stock in our fridge for this version. Our version of poutine included fried kielbasa and Soppressata, which is an Italian dried salami. For the cheese curds we used Mozzarella cheese. Check out the full recipe below.
187 grams of kielbasa, chopped in cubes
150 grams of Soppressata, chopped in cubes
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped French Fries style (medium cut)
4 thick slices of Mozzarella cheese cubed
Club House gravy mix
2 cups of boiled water
4 tablespoons of cooking oil
Sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley flakes
1/5 green onion finely chopped (for topping)
Pour 3 tablespoons of frying oil into the frying pan. Heat the frying pan to medium temperature and drop the chopped potatoes. Fry the potatoes until golden to medium browned so they’re cooked and soft inside but crunchy on the outside. First fry the potatoes uncovered for about 10 minutes. Then cover with the lid and fry for another 10-15 minutes so they cook inside. Then uncover and finish the frying process until desired doneness and fries look crispy on the outside. This should take about 20 more minutes.
When the potatoes are half way cooked fry the kielbasa until slightly browned on both sides. This should take about 8 minutes. Add the Soppressata and fry for another few minutes. When fries and meat are almost done pour boiling water into a small pot on the stove and add the poutine gravy mix. Bring it to boil and stir continuously until the mix becomes a bit thicker and gravy mix gets dissolved. This should take about 4-5 minutes.
When you’re ready to serve take the fries out and assemble them into two serving bowls. Top them with equal amounts of cubed Mozzarella cheese cubes. Pour the gravy mixture over the fries and cheese. Top it off with fried meat. Sprinkle all with some parsley and chopped green onions. This recipe makes 2 servings.
Now you’re ready to enjoy a Canadian inspired delicious poutine dish. But what would a celebration be without some tasty drinks. I also received in my VoxBox a Club House Caesar rim that we put to good use. So check out below our recipe for an awesome Caesar cocktail.
2 oz vodka (optional)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 tsp. of hot sauce (Frank’s or similar) – if you want more spice – Optional
Club House Caesar rim (to rim the glass)
1 pickle, chopped into cubes
1 celery stalk, chopped into cubes
Pour some of the Club House Caesar mix onto a serving plate. Wet the serving glasses with some lemon juice. Dip the glasses in rim mix. Mix the Walter Caesar mix with vodka (if making an alcoholic drink) and lemon juice. Garnish the drink with a bamboo skewer of cubed pickle and cubed celery stalk. Serve alongside your delicious poutine or any other dish and enjoy responsibly. This recipe makes 1 drink.
I hope you try out our Canadian inspired delicious poutine dish and Caesar drinks. Have you ever had poutine? Is it something that’s appealing to you? Would you try it or even make it at home? Let me know your thoughts.
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