What!?!? What is this crazy word you speak of?
Poutine is definitely a Canadian food. I know what you’re thinking. There’s no such thing as Canadian food. Even U.S. National Security Advisor Stu Smiley (played by Kevin Pollock) in the movie Canadian Bacon said “First of all, there is no Canadian culture. I’ve never read any Canadian literature. And when have you ever heard anyone say, “Honey, lets stay in and order Canadian food”?”
Poutine is so Canadian, I’ve seen attempts at recreating it here in the U.S. and they have all failed.
Poutine is a French Canadian dish consisting of french fries, cheese curds (squeaky cheese) and gravy. Few dispute the fact that poutine came from Quebec, however many communities in Quebec believe that theirs is the birthplace of the dish.
Here in the states, I’ve seen poutine made with shredded mozzarella, and every Canadian I know would tell you that is simply blasphemous. It has to be curds. And it has to be brown gravy.
Personally, the best poutine can be found in Kingston, Ontario at a place called Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria. Kingston is a college town, with St. Lawrence College, Queen’s University and the Royal Military College giving the downtown core constant attendance. Day and night. Bubba’s is known as a late night drunk snack stop. People travel past Bubba’s on their way home from the Ontario Street clubs. And they pick up what – at three o’clock in the morning – seems like the most amazing food in the world!
Here’s a recipe if you want to make it yourself: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/79300/real-poutine/.
In Newfoundland, there is another dish that is equally as delicious, but has its own twist: Fries, dressing and gravy. Instead of cheese curds, they use savoury turkey stuffing! So delicious!