It’s usually right about now that I start missing the poutine from a restaurant near my in-laws cabin which is approximately a 14 hour drive away from us. Summer at the cabin isn’t the same without that meal and it is always on our list of things to eat when we go home to visit. The cold is setting in and it will be one, maybe two long winters before we get out there again.
I’ve seen many a recipe for poutine online, but they just aren’t the same. So I’ve decided to make my favourite version of poutine with all of the things I love about our roadside restaurant’s version.
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 tsp pureed garlic (or minced)
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- pinch pepper
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- Fries (your choice, I used a crinkle cut)
- White cheddar cheese curds
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a saucepan, heat olive oil and saute shallots and garlic until translucent (about three minutes).
- Add beef broth, and worcestershire sauce and increase heat to bring to a soft boil.
- Mix 3 tbsp cornstarch and 3 tbsp of water in a bowl and slowly whisk into softly boiling mixture.
- Simmer for 15 minutes to reduce liquid to a gravy, stir occasionally.
- While gravy is simmering, bake fries according to the directions on the package.
- After mixture has simmered, mix 2 tbsp of flour and 2.5 tbsp of water in a bowl and slowly whisk into the gravy.
- Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally for another 10 minutes for a total of 25 minutes.
- Strain into a pot and keep warm.
- Place fries on a plate or bowl and add cheese curds. Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese curds, then serve.
- This creates a thick gravy. If you want a runnier gravy, you may want to omit the flour/water mixture and instead just let it simmer for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.
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