Alibi V.16 No.27 • July 5-11, 2007 

Eating In

It's a Poutine Party!

Gross name, delicious Canadian dish

Jessica Cassyle Carr

A high-calorie dish is usually a delicious dish, and this common truth stands the test of taste when in comes to Canada's poutine (pronounced poo-teen). Originating in Quebec during the late ’50s, this combination of french fries, cheese curds (squeaky little nuggets of fresh cheddar cheese) and gravy teems in eating establishments across that great land to our north. The good news is anyone in the U.S. of A. can have poutine, and an instant mouth party, just by combining three ingredients.



What you need:
French fries, frozen or homemade
Fresh mozzarella (if you can find cheese curds in Albuquerque, use them. Fresh mozzarella easier to find here, and substituted in some parts of Canada)
Brown gravy, prepackaged or homemade

1) To make your own, slightly healthier, french fries, preheat an oven to 400°F. Slice washed, unpeeled russet or yukon gold potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips. Use 1 potato per person. Rinse under cold water to remove starch.

2) On a cookie sheet or baking dish, drizzle liberal amounts of olive or canola oil. Place potatoes in dish and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and/or any other desired spice. Mix oil, spices and potatoes until sufficiently coated. Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning fries halfway through.

3) When fries are cooked, place them in individual dishes. Cover fries with cheese, and cover cheese with gravy. Finally, eat your poutine and dream of Canada.