a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh
cheese curd, covered with
brown gravy and sometimes additional ingredients.
Left: Beef gravy on French fried
potatoes and fresh cheese curds.
Poutine is a diner staple which originated in Quebec and can now be found across
Canada. It is sold by fast food chains in small "greasy spoon" type diners (commonly known as "cantines"
or "casse-croûtes" in Quebec) and pubs, as well as by roadside chip wagons.
International chains like McDonald's, KFC and Burger King also
sell mass-produced poutine in Canada. Along with fries and pizza, poutine is a
very common dish sold and eaten in high school cafeterias in various parts of
The dish originated in rural Quebec, Canada, in the late
The French fries are of medium thickness, and fried so that
the insides are still soft, with an outer crust. The gravy is a light chicken,
veal or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper. Heavy beef or
pork-based brown gravies are typically not used. Fresh cheese curd (not more
than a day old) is used. To maintain the texture of the fries, the cheese curd
and gravy must be added immediately prior to serving the dish.