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Oct 11, 2012 01:45 PM

Making "homemade" poutine

I'm hoping to make poutine for a party. I don't want to do it totally from scratch. So wondering where to best buy the components. Is it possible to buy fresh/frozen fries that are not grocery store McCains? How about gravy and fresh curds?

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  1. If you're truly considering frozen fries, I suggest you think of another dish to make for the party. Good hand cut fries that are prep'd in a three part process - blanched, low heat fried and then high heat fried for finishing is really the basic requirement for "homemade" poutine.

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    1. re: JennaBean

      That's why it's "homemade" in quotes. I want to make it at home but won't have the time to hand cut fries or make gravy. Obviously everything made from scratch would be way better.

      Would just use low-end McCain fries but was wondering if perhaps someone in the city sells fresh or frozen fries that can be taken home and cooked. Will probably take a look in Kensington or St. Lawrence market.

    2. I like to do Blumenthal's recipe for roast potatoes, then hit them with cheese, meat, and gravy. Roast dinner poutine, basically. This will probably get moved to Home Cooking.

      1. We've done "homemade" poutine. I bought a potato fry slicer a while ago and put it to use. Didn't take too long. The gravy was St Huberts poutine gravy from a can. Decent stuff. Cheese curds were from the Leslieville Cheese market on Queen W. The most disappointing part was the curds. Despite trying retail curds from just about everywhere I'm convinced squeaky curds aren't available for retail purchase in downtown Toronto. Overall an interesting experiment but I think for good poutine cravings we'll leave that fix for Poutini. Less work, better product. More cost and time effective too.

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        1. re: lister

          Really? I thought the curds would be easy to get! Where did you buy the gravy?

          1. re: llafreniere

            Curds are easy to get, just not squeaky ones. :-(

            St Huberts poutine gravy can be had any most supermarkets.

            1. re: lister

              They don't squeak once they've been refridgerated. If you go into a grocery store in Quebec, you'll see curds both in the refridgerated section and just sitting out on a shelk or stand. I haven't found anywhere in Toronto yet that carries unrefridgerated curds, we just don't have the turnover of goods to make it worth, I guess. As mentioned below, sometimes the farmers' markets will have fresh ones which haven't been chilled.

        2. If you can go to the Friday Sherway farmers market or the Sunday Square One farmers market, I highly recommend Monforte Creamery for freshly made cheese curd. They are amazing, really fresh, and have the squeak!

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          1. re: Nevy

            Anyone know where Monforte Creamery is located.
            Anyone know how I can eat a bowl of poutine and not gain 5 lbs?

          2. Why not make fries from scratch and buy a poutine gravy if you're in a pinch. I have seen it at Dollarama of all places, a product from Quebec. If you have a fryer, you can get by with a single fry on some Russett spuds. I prefer Empire cheese curds over all else available commercially.