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Poutine made with ANY kind of cheese is fabulous. The fries have to be crispy to hold up under the gravy and a savory brown gravy is essential.
Sorry, my mind-gutter brain was misreading that noun and "freshness of the curd" just didn't register. So I clicked the link. Now I know. I guess, everybody finds some sort of food that nauseates another's palate.... and I'll add "Poutine" to "mayonnaise on fries" list of things I wouldn't do..... (which is not exactly true, I probably would try it once.)
I tried poutine a couple of times while on a trip to the Gaspe peninsula, and I ended up highly unimpressed. the fries and cheese curds were great, but the gravy messed it up totally. I would prefer melted cheese, bacon, and jalapenos over the fries. on the other hand, just fries with malt vinegar is tough to beat.
There are many variations to the recipe for poutine. The classic poutine uses the same gravy as a hot chicken sandwich and the fries are fried twice for crispness. The curds have to be from today's batch and not refrigerated, cooling them takes the 'squeak' out of the curds. I prefer the hamburger poutine at my favourite chip truck. Two barbecued hamburger patties broken into chunks, fries, fresh curds, and sauteed onions in gravy. Heart attack in a styrofoam box, but incredibly addictive.
Like any other dish, there are lots of people doing it wrong, you have to try a bunch of different eateries before you find one that does it right.
C'mon, these are Canadians who are eating this stuff, so stop looking for the punchline, eh? And, no, Molsen doesn't make a beer that goes with this mess. That's hoser beer. Try Kokanee, or Lucky, or Rainer, or Brewhouse, or Cariboo . . .
Poutine exists primarily to absorb excess alcohol in your stomach. (Yeah, right! Like there's any such thing as "excess alcohol in your stomach", eh?) You eat poutine so's you don't hurl in your bud's mudder on the way home.
I let the kids eat poutine(yuk--too many carbs, and too greasy). If you go to Montreal there is so much FANTASTIC gourmet French food, plus a gazillion international cuisines, (cheap) that why would you waste the calories? It's like eating meat loaf when there are venison and quail and baby scallops on the menu.
I don't Y'all ever heard of Chili n Cheese fries before and now you think this is new. In 1965 a BBQ joint here called 'Hickory Hut' served crispy fries with a bowl white gravy for dipping....wish I had some now......