Today we have a recipe for Poutine with Waffle Fries for you guys! This recipe couldn’t be easier to make! It’s a great game day appetizer to throw together for a crowd, simple and delicious!
What is Poutine?
Poutine is a dish consisting of French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
Where did Poutine Originate?
Poutine is a Canadian dish that originated in the Centre-Du-Quebec region of Quebec around the 1950’s. Although several restaurants and diners have claimed to have created the dish first, no official consensus has been made.
Why is Poutine Popular?
Many people consider poutine as the ultimate comfort food. It’s a combination of savory, crisp and salty. The different components remind people of cozy childhood food.
Although the original and basic components of poutine consist of french fries, cheese curds and gravy, there are many variations today that include a protein such as (but not limited to) braised short ribs, sausage, brisket, shredded chicken, and pulled pork. Other versions also call for potatoes in different forms such as Poutine with Waffle Fries (like our version today!) or tater tots.
Our version today is a traditional Poutine recipe with the exception of the use of waffle fries and addition of sliced chives. We like the ‘meatiness’ of the waffle fries and how they hold onto the gravy and curds a little better than regular cut fries. If you want a more non-traditional poutine recipe, we have our Breakfast Poutine with Hollandaise Sauce. The cheese curds are a really important aspect of poutine, so we like to use really fresh and deliciously squeaky curds, our favorite being Ellsworth Cheese Curds from Wisconsin. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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Poutine with Waffle Fries
- 1 pound frozen waffle fries (of choice)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 12 oz high quality beef broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 oz white cheese curds
- 2 tbsp thinly sliced chives
- Preheat oven to 425˚F.
- Spread frozen waffle fries onto a baking sheet in a single layer and bake in oven until crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside.
- Place a saucepan over medium heat and melt butter. Once butter has melted add garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mixture and whisk together until no dry spots remain and the raw flour taste is gone, about 2 minutes. In a slow and steady stream whisk broth into flour mixture, while whisking. Continue to whisk together until no lumps remain. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to stir gravy until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer waffle fries to an ovenproof serving platter. Top fries with cheese curds and place back into the oven until curds just begin to melt, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove fries from oven and drizzle with gravy. Top poutine with sliced chives and serve.