Canadian comfort food

I have never had occasion to try that quintessential Canadian dish known as poutine—which is French for “fries with cheese and gravy” or “fat chick” or “a damn mess,” depending on which source you consult—until tonight. My town is not known for catering to a Canadian clientele, so this is the first time I’ve seen it on a local menu.

It is a laughably simple but surprisingly delicious dish: French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and brown gravy. You can find fresh curds at many supermarkets, and the gravy can be out of a can or homemade as you prefer. (Many different variations are possible and more are undoubtedly waiting to be tried, so use your imagination!) Just layer it all up and heat until melty, then dive in and enjoy.

Image from allfavourite.com.

Image from allfavourite.com.

I think this recipe for gravy sounds pretty darn good. Making the fries from scratch is way too much work, though. I’d get the frozen ones in a bag if I were making this at home. And I just might, perhaps when the weather cools in the fall.

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