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May 17, 2010

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iEatDC

Oooh I learned about that on Three Sheets: Whistler. http://www.hulu.com/watch/108841/three-sheets-whistler-canada#s-p1-so-i0

Drew

I like that there's a beer in Whistler called "Dude."

RayLehmann

Real poutine would never use sausage gravy. It uses brown turkey or beef gravy. The other distinction is that "disco fries," as they are called in New Jersey, would use regular cheese, rather than cheese curds -- most commonly, mozzarella, but American or cheddar are also possible.

Drew

Actually, I goofed on the curds. ChurchKey uses cheddar cheese (I've amended the post). I guess I had cheese curds on the brain (kinda like a soft tumor). Brown gravy, beef gravy, sausage gravy, whatever. The damn Canadians beat us at something we clearly should have come up with generations ago. First it's was the Battle of Quebec and now this. When will the indignities end?

Your Wife

Drew, on behalf of the people of Wisconsin (aka my people), I deeply object to your description of cheese curds.

Drew

They're small, soft and lumpy. How's that not like a tumor? Besides, for all I know, tumors taste like cheese.

husldc

actually, they serve fries like these- covered in gravy and cheese, in new orleans, and since new orleans is way cooler than canada, i'm going to say this gravy/fries/cheese thing did start in the south and canada just copied it.

Drew

As much as I like your approach, husldc, French Canadians were one of the many early settlers of southern Louisiana and New Orleans. Maybe they brought their gravy and fry baskets with them.

Ann S.

Poutine (pronounced poo-tseen) is a very French Canadian dish. It uses a beef-based gravy and fresh cheese curds. The curds should never melt with the result being somewhat greasy gravy on fries with squeaking cheese bits. I know - my mom was Quebequois and we ate this a lot - cheap food to fill lots of kids' bellies.

Drew

Sounds like I might be on to something with this whole Canada, New Orleans gravy fries theory.

Thanks Ann S.!

simon

Oh boy.

Poutine is:
- fries
- CHICKEN based gravy
- cheddar cheese curds made from unpasteurized milk

It's especially hard to find the cheese curds because it's not legal to transport unpasteurized dairies across state lines (or borders). Hence, variations with different cheese but in Quebec (where it's from) it's always just that.

Boston has much better poutine offerings than any other US city I've been to, but nothing is close to what we have at home.

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