Why Aren’t You Making Poutine Yet?

Poutine recipe
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Considered by many to be the unofficial national dish of Canada, poutine is one of those foods that is deeply beloved in one specific place and nearly unknown in the rest of the world. But this french fry cheese curd brown gravy treat is the ultimate comfort food that can be enjoyed even if you don’t live in Canada. Plus, it’s fairly easy to make at home, so you don’t have to go without trying it just because you’re not located in the Great North. So in honor of Canada, here is how you can make your own poutine.


  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Beef broth
  • Chicken broth
  • Pepper
  • Russet potatoes
  • Frying oil
  • Cheese curds


In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add flour, whisking regularly for about five minutes until golden brown.

Add beef and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring. Add the cornstarch mixture and simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat frying oil in a deep-fryer or wide, large pot to 300 degrees. While it’s heating, cut your potatoes into relatively thick french fry shapes. Cook fries for five to eight minutes at a time, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. This is just the first fry, which will cook the potatoes internally. Remove the cooked fries, raise the oil to 375 degrees, and cook the french fries again to crisp them up. Let them cool on a wire rack over paper towels.

To assemble the poutine, add your fries to a bowl, seasoning with salt. Add the gravy and cheese curds over top. Serve while hot.