Poutine is a classic Quebecois dish now served all over Canada in as many variations as you can imagine! The traditional recipe is simply French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy and is often eaten after a day at the Quebec City Winter Carnival. This version uses oven-baked fries, a lighter vegetarian gravy and part-skimmed mozzarella cheese but tastes just as decadent.
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Cut potatoes into small wedges or sticks. Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden, flipping once.
3. Meanwhile, make the gravy by heating a medium saucepan or skillet on the stovetop. Add the other 1 Tbsp olive oil then the minced garlic and onion. Saute until lightly golden, approximately 5 minutes. Mix the cornstarch into the hot stock then gradually add it into the onion and garlic mixture, whisking constantly until thickened. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
4. Once potatoes are cooked, top with mozzarella cubes and return to oven to just melt the cheese. Serve immediately with gravy drizzled over the cheesy fries (or give children a choice if they want the gravy—some kids don’t like sauces).
Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD