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Poutine - A delicious, classic Canadian dish made from French fries, cheese curds and gravy!  Pure comfort food!

Yesterday I mentioned that we recently took a wonderful family road trip up to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. As we settled into our hotel and unpacked, my husband Jack went out on a quick scouting mission around our hotel to find a place for dinner.

On the menu at many of the restaurants was a dish called Poutine – a classic French-Canadian dish made from French fries with cheese curds and brown gravy on top. We had heard of it before – but never tried it – so it became part of our vacation plans to try Poutine at least once!

The next day we sampled Poutine at lunch – and instantly fell in love! (So much so – it inspired our recipe today!) The cheese curds melt under the hot gravy and it is a perfect complement to the hot, crispy French fries.

Poutine - A delicious, classic Canadian dish made from French fries, cheese curds and gravy!  Pure comfort food!

During our visit, Jack spotted a cookbook at a gift shop where he read up on the history of Poutine. What he read is that in the 1950s in Quebec, a gentleman ordered French fries in a pub and was looking for some sort of dipping sauce for the fries. The pub served a rib gravy which he thought would be good – but he was worried that the fries would get too soggy. There happened to be a cheese vendor nearby who sold cheese curds (curds from making white cheddar cheese) so he asked for some – putting the curds over the hot fries to prevent them from getting soggy – then poured the gravy on top.

From that point forward, word spread about Poutine (this site says that word means “mushy mess”), and if our visit to Niagara Falls is any indication, today you can find it just about everywhere in Canada including street vendors and fast food restaurants.

Poutine - A delicious, classic Canadian dish made from French fries, cheese curds and gravy!  Pure comfort food!

Our version of Poutine is made using our Perfect French Fries (you can see how to make them here) and our Beef Short Rib Gravy (see that recipe here).

I do want to point out that using a hearty, meaty gravy such as ours is not the traditional way that our friends up North make their Poutine gravy – but our version does make for a delicious and filling meal! Traditional and truly Canadian Poutine gravy is a thinner, brown gravy made with peppercorns and vinegar (which helps to cut the richness of the dish).

There seem to be many variations of Poutine these days – we hope our version does the tradition of this fantastic dish proud!

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Poutine - A Family Feast


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Note – Prep and cook times listed do not include the time it takes to prepare the French Fries or Gravy



  1. Place hot French Fries in individual serving dishes or bowls.
  2. Divide the cheese curds evenly, placing them on top of the fries.
  3. Spoon the hot Beef Short Ribs Gravy on top and serve immediately.

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Poutine - A delicious, classic Canadian dish made from French fries, cheese curds and gravy!  Pure comfort food!

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  • Susan wrote:

    I love poutine so much, I’d sing it a song. I won’t but I could and your version looks great!

  • brenda@sugarfreemom wrote:

    I’ve been wanting to take my family to the Candian side of Niagra Falls for a long time, we need to get passports! This dish looks yummy!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    I’ve never had this but it looks interesting! I love that you recreated it when you came back. I do that, too! I hope you have a great vacation. 🙂

  • Kiara wrote:

    As a french canadian, I can say you’ve done this justice!! Way to go 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Yay – thanks so much Kiara!! 🙂

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I’ve never been to Niagra Falls! this dish looks so delicious.

  • Stephanie @Back for Seconds wrote:

    I have heard how amazing poutine is and now I’m convinced I need to have some!

  • Holly wrote:

    YES!!! you did it right..the french fries have to be crisp…it HAS to be beef gravy, and cheese curds are a MUST. I only get poutine at 2 places..because the rest use grated mozzarella (sacrilege) or chicken gravy (eww) or floppy fries….THANK YOU for doing it right!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Phew! 🙂 Thanks Holly!

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) wrote:

    Yes! I looooove poutine! It’s so filling and delicious. Yours looks especially good, so drippy and gravy-filled.

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    Oh. My. Gawd! You’re killing me with these. I’ve been thinking about Poutine ever since I read your post yesterday…and now…lawdy! So yeah, this looks amazing.

  • claire @the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    omg. just omg. Speechless. My favorite food!

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