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Canada: How to Make Poutine


Culinary & food History & heritage Kids
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City of Surrey, BC



Offered in English.


Poutine is a dish of french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. It originated in the Canadian province of Quebec and emerged in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec area. It has long been associated with Quebec cuisine. Today, it is often identified as a quintessential Canadian food and has been called "Canada's national dish."

(Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)


-Kennebec potatoes

-oil (as needed)

-4 tbsp of butter

-4 tbsp of flour

-2 cups of veggie stock

-pinch of fresh thyme


-white cheese curds

-maple syrup

-bacon (optional)

-hot dogs cut in pieces (optional)


Step 1-

Cut the Kennebec potato into thin cuts of fries, ready to blanch in oil.

Step 2-

Blanch the fries for about 3.5 mins in 300 degrees oil, depending on the thickness of the fries, or until about 75% cooked. Blanching will slowly cook off the moisture of the potato.

Step 3-

Remove the blanched fries from the oil. Let them cool off and turn up the heat on the deep fryer to 375 degrees, ready to flash fry and finish the potatoes.

Step 4-

While the fries are cooling, start making the gravy. First, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then we add flour and whisk until smooth and bubbling. Then, slowly add 2 cups of veggie stock and whisk quickly at the same time. Let the gravy mixture simmer for about 10 mins to thicken up and add a pinch of fresh thyme and salt to taste.

Step 5-

Once the gravy is done, the oil should be heated and ready to flash fry the fries. Drop the fries into the 375 degree oil for about 40 seconds, just to crisp up the outside. The fries should have a perfect, mashed potato inside with a crispy, crunchy outside.

Step 6-

Remove the fries from the oil and let them drip dry on a paper towel. Plate the fries while hot.

Step 7-

Place the white cheese curds on top of the piping hot fries, then ladle a couple of spoonfuls gravy on top.

Step 8-

Add bacon or hot dogs if preferred.

Step 9-

Enjoy your very own Canadian authentic poutine!

Be sure to post your cooking results on social media using the hashtag #SurreyFusion and tag @surreybcevents.



City of Surrey

The City of Surrey's Special Events team organizes four major special events annually: Party for the Planet, Surrey Canada Day, Surrey Fusion Festival and the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. Surrey Fusion Festival brings together over 80,000 people annually to celebrate food, music, and culture.


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