Recipe: Poutine

Poutine

Poutine is an odd thing. It originated in rural Québec in the 1950’s and it basically consists of french fries, a brown gravy and curd cheese. It seems to be the Canadian equivalent to America’s comfort food Mac and Cheese. It is primarily found in Canadian fast food chains and diners — cantines or casse-croûtes. Poutine variations can also contain meat, beef, pulled pork, etc., but that just seems to be gilding the lily I think! There are many variations on the theme — Mexican Poutine, Italian Poutine, Mushroom Poutine, etc. You get the picture.

Basic Recipe for Poutine:

  • French Fries – Fried, soft interior with crisp exterior
  • Cheese curds – small, fresh curds.
  • Gravy – A light, thin, generally chicken gravy, mildly spiced, with a slight sour flavoring (vinegar) to balance out the richness of the gravy, fries and cheese. (Chuck Hughes offers a gravy recipe for Poutine.)

That’s about it. But, let’s face it, this is much better eaten at a local diner or fast food place. After all, it is comfort food.

Poutine in Luc Robitaille’s favorite place

 

 

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Hockey Road Trips — Food & Drink

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Tip Top Kitchen, Columbus, Ohio

When you head off on your hockey travels do you plan ahead and search for great spots for food and drink along the way? Do you like modern contemporary restaurants and pubs? Or something old, with character and a bit of adventure? The past two seasons while on my hockey travels I’ve thought a great deal about making my journeys as entertaining as the end result, which is of course some great hockey games, and I have discovered some wonderful places along the way with the help of locals and others who have traveled the same path before me.

I created a Pinterest Foursquare board with Food & Drink locations marked — at the moment it contains about 215 locations, but I have discovered the mobile app is a bit of pain to use — which, let’s face it, is how you want to utilize such a list — when you are on the road! In an effort to make it easier, I have started to break the list down by state and will continue adding to the list. Be patient — it takes a while to load all of the locations (therefore the desire to break the list down to individual states or groups of states.)

Travels – Road Food & Drink Along the Route

Visit the site and let me know if you have favorite additions to add to the list! Many are centered around hockey rinks and routes, but I’ve also added other places I’ve visited before, or which have been highly recommended. Who knows where you will end up on your journeys to a hockey game.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.