Our Family's Poutine
March 13, 2021
"We LOVE Poutine in our family and this recipe is really good. Making your own home-made rich beef stock from scratch can result in a phenomenal product, but this recipe is satisfying enough without spending numerous hours over the stove. I played around with a couple of recipes and took a little of this one, that one, a twist, a turn, which resulted in this recipe. The quality of the beef stock/bouillon/beef base is vital to a successful end result (Refer to Note I at bottom of recipe regarding the use of stock/bouillon/beef base). Depending on how much gravy you want on your fries, the amount of gravy may be enough for 3-4 lbs of fries, so if this is the case for you, the gravy can be used to make more poutine or for another use, as it keeps well in the freezer. In my family it doesn't last because they all sneak it by spoonfuls."
- Serving Size: 1 (544.3 g)
- Calories 964.1
- Total Fat - 44.8 g
- Saturated Fat - 22.7 g
- Cholesterol - 274.1 mg
- Sodium - 3046.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 93.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 4.1 g
- Sugars - 4.6 g
- Protein - 47.4 g
- Calcium - 1052.6 mg
- Iron - 6.6 mg
- Vitamin C - 7 mg
- Thiamin - 0.7 mg
In small skillet or saucepan, add about a tablespoon of butter until melted. Add shallots and garlic and saute until shallots are translucent, being very careful not to burn garlic! Set aside.
To a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter until melted. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 2-5 minutes. You want a nice golden color (like a coffee with cream color). Be very careful not to burn. Add the shallot garlic mixture into the roux (flour mixture) and whisk to combine.
Gradually whisk in beef and chicken stocks in a steady stream until combined. Stir in fish sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Adjust for seasoning if necessary (you want it to taste beefy and may need to adjust with more beef base, see Note I), and cook until reduced slightly and creamy consistency, 8-10 minutes or so. Remove from heat, taste again, and stir in vinegar, if using. Taste again to make sure it tastes beefy and velvety.
Note that when using bouillon/beef base, it can turn out salty if you're not careful, so I usually start with less bouillon/beef base and work my way to prevent the over-salty flavor, which is also reason you need to be mindful of tasting throughout to make sure it's all good.
Place cooked hot crispy fries in an oven-proof shallow tray, top generously and evenly with cheese curds (placing some in-between the fries too). Place tray in a hot oven 375 degrees F until cheese starts to melt (keep a close eye, because it goes quickly and you don't want your fries to get overdone). Remove from oven and ladle on hot gravy. Sprinkle with chopped scallions. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
NOTE I: I barely use canned or container beef stock, because I feel the flavor is kind-of washed out. A home-made rich beef stock is great, but to save on time, I recommend using a good quality bouillon (Knorr brand) or beef base such as "Better than Bouillon" brand, in particular the roasted beef base flavor is great. For this recipe, I'd recommend the later (Better than Bouillon) over Knorr. In addition, a combination of Better than Bouillon and Demi-Glace is superb here and results in a rich fantastic beefy gravy. I've ordered Minor's Demi-Glace from Amazon and have kept it in the freezer. Makes wonderful gravy for this Poutine and it's worth it. But, if you don't want to deal with the Demi-Glace, Better than Bouillon is fine too.
NOTE II: We've used frozen seasoned fries as well, which also comes out pretty good, unless they are over-seasoned which can compete with the gravy.
Tips & Variations
- Air-fryer (instructions, Air frying turns out well or can make home-made French Fries. Seasoned Fries works well too, as long as it doesn't compete with the gravy)