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Jul 24, 2014 08:50 AM

Cheese Curds in the Triangle

Does anyone know where cheese curds might be available in the Triangle? I've got poutine on the brain and I'm looking to put it on the table, too.

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  1. Don't know where you can buy just poutine but Milltown in Carrboro has frites with poutine on their menu.

      1. re: Remsleep

        Cool! I'm just afraid to find out what shipping costs, especially in summer.

      2. Yeah and I'd ask the local cheese purveyors at the farmer's market if either they can provide or recommend a source for good curd.

        As a side note, she doesn't want to buy poutine, which is a dish. She wants to make it but needs the curd. If Milltown has that on their menu they need to be told that its redundant.

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        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Looks like bbqme had a typo attack. Milltown's menu lists "Quebec Poutine." They're using a mushroom gravy, though. Not that there's anything wrong with mushrooms, but that's not entirely traditional. Then again, most of the poutine served in Canada isn't strictly traditional. But they must be getting the curds from somewhere. It may be worth trekking out to ask them.

          1. re: rockycat

            I have no experience with poutine, just passing along info. By the way, it's beef and mushroom gravy, but I don't know what's traditional.

            Out of curiosity, would queso fresco be a decent substitute for poutine? I mean, they are both fresh cheese, right?

            1. re: bbqme

              I've seen fresh cubed mozzarella called for as a possible substitute, but it's always mentioned that it's not the same and it really isn't. I don't think queso fresco has the right texture, but I can see the taste working.

              1. re: rockycat

                Only cheddar cheese curds are acceptable for poutine ... and mushroom gravy is not acceptable. Traditional poutine is the best ... changing any of the elements or adding ingredients to the dish destroys it imo.

                1. re: kpaxonite

                  Tell that to La Banquise or Martin Picard. :-)

                  1. re: rockycat

                    haha yeah but I still think that poutine is like pizza.. you put too much on it and its awful... simple is delicious

              2. re: bbqme

                Okay poutine is not a cheese. It is a composed dish of various things. So one wouldn't substitute cheese FOR poutine.. but IN poutine ;-)

          2. I've seen them at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market for something like $8/lb. and I've also seen them (not that recently however but then again I don't really hang around the cheese section much) at Trader Joe's. Both worth a try.

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            1. re: Erika RollerGirl

              I think I've seen them at Trader Joe's too. However, on my trip there today there were none.

              1. re: meatn3

                Same. I checked today and the person there knows she's seen them before but not lately. Also no luck at the State Farmers' Market or the new cheese shop at Lafayette Village.

                1. re: rockycat

                  Dang - had hoped to save you the drive to TJ's!

                  What are your thoughts on the new cheese shop?

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Thanks for the effort, though. I didn't stop by the new shop, I just called them. I may stop by tomorrow, just for the heck of it.

                    1. re: rockycat

                      I would check Amazon or another online retailer. I associate Cheese curds with family trips to Wisconsin. I haven't seen them at Carrboro Farmers Market.

            2. I've seen them at Kroger on Maynard Rd in Cary. I can't speak to their quality, though.