Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ode to Poutine

Is there anything more Canadian than poutine? I've referred to this favorite dish of mine on Facebook and in some interviews and invariably get the query, "What is poutine?" I usually gasp in shock, because really, how can anyone have survived without having tasted this most yummy of treats. Well, it doesn't take me long to explain, in salivating detail, my temptation and downfall (of which the best I've eaten can be found at Pong's on Carp road).

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Live a little too far to check out Pong's? Then let me describe a poutine to you--please watch out you don't slobber on your keyboard. You start with some crispy french fries. Now, I personally prefer a straight cut, not too fat, home fry, well cooked and crunchy. Sprinkle over them, while piping hot, a generous handful of cheese curds (St. Albert of course!) Then apply a liberal ladle of salty, thick gravy. Let it sit for a few minutes to melt the cheese, then dig in.

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That's the basic poutine. Now, there are variations on that recipe. New York Fries for example at Bayshore Mall offers a beef stew version, basically fries, cheese curds with a thick and hearty stew spooned on top. There's the Italian poutine, which is fries, Bolognese sauce then cheese on top (the fries being a great alternative to pasta). The nacho version with taco meat, chopped green onion, tomato, green pepper and nacho cheese sauce drizzled on top. Ooh, the pulled pork, served up best by the folks at Boss Hog in Cobden. Pulled pork in a rich sauce layered over the fries and cheese. Oops, had to wipe the drool off my chin there.

I'm sure I've forgotten some flavors, or that my fellow Canadians have their own special recipe. I'd love to hear about them, right after I get myself some poutine to eat, because damn, I'm craving one right about now. Mmmmm....

In almost as exciting news, my newest Cyborg story is releasing on February 28th. For those who've been following the series, Seth is a must have as we not only get to see him in love, we also get an awesome glimpse at his creation. Lots going on in this action packed sequel.

11 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Eve!!
    And I hate to say it...I've never tried poutine *hanging my Canadian head in shame* but I will make it a point to try some this year. :-)
    Hugs!

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    1. OMG, never tried. (falls in a faint). lol. I love it. It is so deliciously evil.

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  2. Can you believe it? I've never had poutine. Could be because I'm not a fan of gravy. But, I know it is very popular here in Canada.

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    1. You know, it doesn't have to be gravy lol...

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  3. Never had poutine? Oh dear. Whatever shall I do with you two??? LOL
    My hubby makes some awesome poutine, but we have it in moderation -- like once every 2 mths. Not good for waistline, but soooo addictive.

    Can't wait to read Seth, Eve!

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    1. Totally addictive. Horrible for my butt. But oh so good....

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  4. Congrats on the new release!

    My favorite poutine is a bacon and cheddar one. Lord! My arse is expanding at the mere mention of it. LOL

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  5. I'm still stuck on the gravy aspect of the dish, but I'd try it. Congrats on your upcoming release.

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    1. Make it pasta sauce instead with cheese. It's awesome lol. And thanks. I'm really psyched about my new cyborg story.

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  6. Congrats on the new release! I too, will hang my maple leaf head in shame. Never had poutine either, can''t stand gravy is the reason! I like salt on my fries, nothing else, lol! Though the taco version just may tempt me! :)

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