Authentic Canadian Poutine

Nothing says Canadian more than Poutine. It’s probably their National Dish given its popularity. French Fries, Cheese Curds and Hot Gravy!

authentic canadian poutine

There’s nothing more Canadian than a Poutine. Seriously, Poutine is arguably their national dish. Oh it’s also super delicious! Cheese and Fries, how can you go wrong with that?

authentic canadian poutine

A lot of people will argue where Poutine originated but I am here to tell you it’s in Quebec, Canada. More specifically in the eastern area near Ottawa, Canada, which also happens to be the capital of Canada.

canadian poutine

It is hard to remember after all these years but I first had Poutine in either the late 1970s or early 1980s. Regardless, I know the first place I had Poutine was a little french fry shack called “Bob Patate”. Loosely translated is “Bob’s Potato”.

bob patate shack

I remember my Dad taking me and my brother to get a Poutine after our Hockey games or practice. Hard to recall as I have not been there in over 40 years now. This place used to serve Poutine in a styrofoam cup with a plastic fork.

bowl of poutine

If you are not familiar with Poutine, it’s basically french fries, white cheddar cheese curds and hot chicken gravy. Yes the original Poutine recipe used Chicken Gravy. Argue all you want but I know I am right.

white cheddar cheese curds

White Cheddar Cheese Curds can be extremely difficult to find depending on where you live. When I live in Canada you could find them everywhere.

Now that I live in Southern California my only option is to order them online (think Amazon).

white cheddar cheese curds
White Cheddar Cheese Curds

I know many other recipes will tell you to use Beef Gravy when making Poutine. While you absolutely can, the traditional way is to use Chicken Gravy. Since I was at ground zero when Poutine was born, I use chicken gravy.

can of campbell's chicken gravy

If you have trouble finding chicken gravy, you can either buy it in a can from the folks at Campbell’s or make your own using a Chicken Gravy mix from McCormick’s or other brands that offer them.

package of mccormick chicken gravy mix

If you own an Air Fryer you can use that to make your fries by following my Air Fryer French Fries recipe. Super easy!

authentic canadian poutine

You will need the following ingredients to make this Authentic Canadian Poutine recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Restaurant Style French Fries, White Cheddar Cheese Curds and Chicken Gravy.

  1. Prepare french fries according to the directions on the package.
  2. Place french fries in a serving bowl. Add Cheese Curds. Pour hot chicken gravy over curds and fries.

Printable Recipe Card

authentic canadian poutine

Authentic Canadian Poutine

Nothing says Canadian more than Poutine. It's probably their National Dish given its popularity. French Fries, Cheese Curds and Hot Gravy! Yummy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 1
Calories 821 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Serving

Ingredients
 

  • 4 oz Frozen French Fries
  • 4 oz White Cheddar Cheese Curds
  • ½ Cup Chicken Gravy, or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare french fries according to directions on the package.
  • Place french fries in a serving bowl. Add Cheese Curds. Pour hot chicken gravy over curds and fries.

Nutrition

Calories: 821kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 32gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1805mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 820mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    I love poutine. As a Canadian it has been around a long time. My kids are crazy about it also.

  2. Sharon says:

    I am Canadian and was looking for different recipes, so I decided to try this poutine recipe. It was excellent and very tasty. My husband thought I had gone to buy it at the truck stop.