If you love French Fries and gravies then this is the dish for you, Poutine. This Canadian creation is a snack made with French fries, topped with a light brown gravy sauce and cheese curds, a very popular Canadian fast food dish even McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, and A&W sell it there.

This dish originated in Quebec during the late 1950’s, a lot claim for its invention but the most popular story was from Warwick, Quebec where Fernand Lachance where he suddenly cried out “ça va faire une maudite poutine” (“it will make a damn mess”) when he was asked to put a handful of cheese curds on the French fries. Initially sauce was not a part of the original dish then at a later time the gravy to keep the spuds warm for a longer period of time, we all know how cold Canada is so adding the sauce was a great idea. The locals love them and it became really popular so it easily gained popularity starting from the nearby towns then later throughout Canada.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Canadian


Poutine. This Canadian creation is a snack made with French fries, topped with a light brown gravy sauce and cheese curds, a very popular Canadian fast food item



  1. Prepare your cheese curds
  2. Warm up your gravy.
  3. Deep fry your French fries then remove from oil, drain and let it cool down. You can also double fry the fries if you want to get a crispier texture.
  4. Place French fries in a serving platter, place cheese curds on top then ladle warm gravy over the fries and cheese
  5. Serve immediately.


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14 Responses

  1. I made this once but didn’t like it that much. I guess I have to go to Quebec for the real thing.

  2. Tami McVey says:

    As a Canadian, I was surprised to see you do a post on poutine! You did a great job 🙂 Most of Canada gets very hot in summertime and we have “chip stands” where they serve burgers, homemade fries and poutine, etc. The idea behind the gravy is the richness and to melt the cheese curds slightly 😉

  3. Jenn P. says:

    Well hello poutine… the best way to eat fries!! Cheers from Canada!

  4. Caroline says:

    Yum! I’ve always wanted to try poutine!

  5. mjskit says:

    I’ve heard of poutine but had no idea what it was. Thanks for introducing me to this dish. Since I’m not a fan of french fries but the husband is, I’m always looking for ways for us to both be happy. This might be worth a try.

  6. Karen says:

    Of course I had to try this dish in Canada while visiting but not my favorite as I like crispy fries and the gravy makes them soft. I do have so say though that your photo of the poutine really looks good. 🙂

  7. huntfortheverybest says:

    oh man this looks great especially with the cheese curds!

  8. Dale kozek says:

    The gravy is the key. No regular gravy makes “poutine” I’ve tried in in Pittsburgh across from Console Energy Arena. It was horrible and I told them so. I was soooo disappointed. They even advertise that it is endorsed by Mario & Marc Andre Fleury…NOT!

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