Try Canadian comfort food – chips, gravy and cheese curds. Nothing beats the heartiness of this classic dish, which we took up a notch with the perfect touch of gooey, stringy mozzarella. Treat yourself to the irresistible combination of crispy fries smothered in a rich, savory sauce and topped with melt-in-your-mouth cheese curds. The gooey mozzarella takes it to a whole new level and makes for a heavenly medley of flavors and textures. Experience true bliss with our updated version of this beloved Canadian favorite.
- 125g pack of mozzarella or 140g cheese curds, torn or cut into small pieces
- 400g chicken wings
- 5 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 50g butter
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 500 ml chicken broth
- 500 ml beef broth
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1½ kg floury potatoes (we used Maris Piper)
- Sunflower oil, for deep frying
- Prepare the sauce by tossing the chicken wings in 1 tablespoon flour.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet, then fry the chicken wings until well browned on all sides.
- Remove the chicken wings with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook until softened and browning around the edges, 8-10 minutes.
- Add the remaining flour to the pan with the onions and mix well.
- Return the chicken wings to the pan and add the carrot, bay leaf, broth and garlic.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 15 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve into another pan and simmer for another 10 minutes or until thick, seasoning to taste.
- Scrub the potatoes, leaving the skin on and cut into rough pieces.
- Place the chips in a bowl filled with cold water.
- Pour sunflower oil into a large pan until it is almost half full, then heat to 125°C.
- Drain the chips from the water and pat dry with a clean tea towel.
- When the oil is ready, carefully add 1/4 of the chips to the pan and fry for 12 minutes.
- Remove the chips with a slotted spoon and place them on a rack lined with paper towels.
- Repeat the frying process with the remaining chips.
- Once all the chips have been fried for the first time, increase the temperature to 190°C and fry the chips again in small batches for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Sprinkle the chips with salt and keep them warm on a rack or griddle in a low oven while you fry the rest.
- Finally, pour the chips into deep bowls, warm the sauce and pour it over the chips.
- Top with pieces of cheese and serve immediately.
Equipment and tools
- frying pan
- Knife and cutting board
- Deep fryer or large pot
- slotted spoon
- Paper towels or kitchen roll
This recipe contains dairy (mozzarella or cheese curds) and wheat (regular flour). It may also contain allergens found in chicken and broth. Please check packaging and review ingredients if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
To store leftover poutine, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until fully heated before eating.
The Health Benefits of Poutine
The Health Benefits of Poutine
Poutine is a popular dish from Quebec, Canada. It usually consists of french fries, cheese curds and gravy. Although it may not seem like the healthiest choice, poutine can actually provide some surprising health benefits when made with the right ingredients.
Protein and calcium
In this particular recipe, the addition of chicken wings and mozzarella or cheese curds provides a good source of protein. Protein is important for building and repairing tissue, supporting a healthy immune system, and maintaining healthy nails, hair, and skin. Cheese curds are also an excellent source of calcium, which is crucial for strong bones and teeth.
Antioxidants and vitamins
The presence of onions, carrots and garlic in the recipe adds a variety of antioxidants and essential vitamins. Onions contain antioxidants that help fight inflammation and provide protection against chronic diseases. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body and supports good vision. Garlic is known for its immune-boosting properties and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.
Hydration and electrolytes
Both chicken broth and beef broth contribute to the moisture content of the dish, which can help ensure you stay hydrated. In addition, supplies contain important electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, which play an important role in maintaining proper fluid balance, nerve function and muscle contractions.
Healthier cooking methods
Although poutine is typically a fried dish, this recipe offers a healthier alternative by using sunflower oil instead of traditional cooking oils. Sunflower oil is low in saturated fat and contains beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids, which, when consumed in moderation, can help lower cholesterol levels.
Fiber and essential nutrients
Using floury potatoes in the recipe provides a good source of fiber and essential nutrients. Fiber supports digestion, helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes satiety. Potatoes also contain vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6, contributing to your overall nutrient intake.
Although enjoying poutine should be done in moderation, this particular recipe offers some unexpected health benefits overall. By incorporating ingredients like protein, antioxidants, vitamins, hydration and healthier cooking methods, you can enjoy a delicious meal while nourishing your body.