It’s hard to imagine a dish having such a big cultural impact on a country, but a poutine gives many Canadians a sense of national pride.
Poutine is Canada’s national dish, so much so that whenever anyone asks me what I think of when they say Canada! Ya! I can only think poutine (not Putin). I don’t think I’ve ever shared a recipe for sour cream, but that’s probably the quintessential of all Canadian dishes.
The best poutine can be found outside Quebec, of course, but behind the taste lies a history that originated in Canada in the Canadian Belle Provence.
The little notes of cheese curd are definitely welcoming, which is used for authentic Canadian poutine, while you can use any kind of cheese you want, curds with poutine is the traditional method, but you can always replace with mozzarella.
Although originally from Canada, the dish has been popularised in the US, and sometimes called squeaky cheese. Cheese curd is a by-product of the milk pureeing process and is often the first thing you reach for when looking for a perfectly melted cheese, and it is an important ingredient in many different dishes, especially so in poutine.
Basically, put your fries together and top it with a healthy portion of curd cheese. When you pour the cheese, make sure it is hot, once the hot sauce hits the fries, it melts and covers everything and ultimately creates the most amazing dish. So there it is, the authentic Canadian poutine, as cheesy and delicious as it sounds. In Quebec, it is is garnished with freshly cut cheese and hot sauce.
If you’re looking for the proverbial creme de la creme of the poutines, Montreal’s Au Pied Cochon offers foie gras – its very such like poutine, and sells for about $20, which many consider worth every penny, however, when broken up, the ingredients needed for a plate of poutine is about $1.50.
Cheesy chips, very similar to poutine, are a staple of Northern Chippies in the UK and are now among the most popular snacks on the market.
The fries are covered with cheesy goodness, they are perfect for almost any time when you want a hearty snack with minimal effort. You can’t go wrong with cheesy fries, as they are flavoured and packed with cheese and chips.
Since cheese is melted into the chips, if you are making this at home, it doesn’t matter if you use shredded cheese or cheese slices, just make sure you cook them long enough and put the cheese on to the chips quickly. Parmesan chips take little time to prepare and minutes to be baked.
Cheese chips are a fantastic snack option for anyone on a low-carb diet and are the perfect with a dipper. It sounds strange, but the Jalapeno Ranch is a great sauce to put on top of your fries, it’s delicious.