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?
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.
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".
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.
🧀 What is 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 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).
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.
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.
💭 Recipe Tip
If you own an Air Fryer you can use that to make your fries by following my Air Fryer French Fries recipe. Super easy!
📋 Gather your Ingredients
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.
🥣 How to make Canadian Poutine
Prepare french fries according to the directions on the package.
Place french fries in a serving bowl. Add Cheese Curds. Pour hot chicken gravy over curds and fries.
Authentic Canadian Poutine
- Bowl for Serving
- 4 oz Frozen French Fries
- 4 oz White Cheddar Cheese Curds
- ½ Cup Chicken Gravy, or more to taste
- 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.
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.