Canada is a small, beautiful, peaceful country with lots of things to experience. This brings us to the dish we would be taking a look at today; poutine. If you have spent a lot of time in authentic Canadian restaurants or in the country of Canada itself you must have had an encounter with this dish. If you haven’t, all you want to know is right here at your fingertips.
Poutine is a dish made with fries, cheese curds, and hot gravy on top. Those are the basic ingredients that go into Poutine. But, you can have many variations of this dish. Cheese sauce can be used instead of gravy, and you could have sour cream and veggies instead of fries. Poutine can be had with any topping of your choice.
What does poutine taste like? The taste of poutine can be regarded as special. Think of mashed potatoes with gravy but with an upgrade. Crispy fries and cheese curds instead of boring mashed potatoes. It is delicious, greasy, and the flavor is unmistakable. The texture and flavor change a little as the ingredients merge and blend.
However, keep in mind that the appearance of poutine might bring up skepticism that can only be pushed away only after you have had a taste.
Nutritional Benefits of Poutine
There are different variations of poutine. You can even have vegetarian poutine. If you would be making your poutine from scratch, you can decide what goes into it and control your nutritional intake. But the original poutine contains cheese curds, fries, and gravy.
What are cheese curds? Cheese curds are also known as squeaky cheese and are a by-product of coagulating milk. In more simple terms, cheese curds are chunks of milk that are very tasty. Cheese curds are a good source of protein and they bring some amount of nutritional value to Poutine.
The fries in your poutine are long slices of potatoes. You also have protein in that, vitamins, dietary fiber, sugar, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, valine, manganese, and magnesium. Fries have their health benefits but we can’t afford not to talk about the health risks that poutine can cause if you overindulge.
Vitamins play important roles in the body. We have vitamin K in poutine and it has proven useful in the treatment of internal hemorrhaging. It lowers bleeding in the liver, prevents the poor absorption of nutrients, and lowers the risk of Jaundice. The deficiency of vitamin K can cause obstructions and colitis. The combination of nutrients can enhance immunity, help improve metabolism by aiding digestion, and aid brain function.
We cannot ignore the fact that poutine as a dish contains a lot of calories, fat, and sodium. All these can prove to pose a health risk to the body if we consume too much of them. The calorie intake in one serving of poutine makes 36 percent of the recommended daily intake of calories. Poutine is a great delicious dish but it is not healthy to eat it every day of the week.
Culinary Uses of Poutine
Poutine can be eaten at any time of the day. It could be your breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Poutine can be made in different ways depending on your preference. Let’s start with the gravy. There is a lot of controversy surrounding poutine gravy, many people just use beef but the man who invented this dish claims his gravy doesn’t have beef in it.
The original gravy for poutine is a recipe of his wife’s making, a mixture of brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Later on, we are going to get into the specifics of why you have gravy in poutine.
Poutine can be eaten as a side dish, an appetizer, or as the main dish. It is usually very prominent in bars and taverns in North America. It pairs well with ale, beer, lagers, cocktails, and drinks that do not even have names. You can also enjoy poutine alongside any soft drink of your choice.
When making poutine, you need to make sure your fries are sturdy and won’t get droopy or be unable to hold up the weight of whichever topping you choose. The fries need to be nice and very crisp so that they do not get soggy. You can have them oven-fried or deep-fried to get the best results.
What is the Origin of Poutine? Where to Procure It?
It is pronounced poo-tine or poo-tin whichever pronunciation depends on which part of Canada you come from. Poutine is Quebec slang for mess and has a very interesting origin story.
The existence of Poutine can be attributed to the owner of Le Lutin Qui RIt in Warwick, Quebec. He is a restaurateur that agreed to make the mess known as poutine at the insistence of a regular customer, Eddy Lainesse in 1957.
Lachance added this dish to his menu and added gravy to the mix because the fries and cheese curd got cold too quickly. The gravy serves to keep the poutine warm and keeps the fries from getting soggy.
Poutine is very popular in the fast-food part of the Canadian culinary scene. Poutine can be found on the menu of some fancy diners as the dish is beginning to gain some acclaim.
What Kind of Cheese is in Poutine?
The cheese used in poutine could be the white or yellow cheddar. You can however try another cheese like Mozzarella.
Facts You Don’t Know About Poutine
- There was a poutine eating contest in Toronto, Canada. The winner, Pat Bertoletti from Chicago ate 5.9 kg of poutine.
- The most expensive plate of poutine goes for 23 USD. It is called poutine au foie gras and it is sold in Montreal at Au Pied de Cochon.
- An average man will have to jog for 2 and half hours to burn off the number of calories you will find in regular country-style poutine.