Southern poutine. With the best kind of gravy on earth, sausage gravy of course. On top of baked fries. And with cheddar cheese.
What is Southern poutine, you ask? Or perhaps you are just asking, “What is poutine?” Until a few years ago, I would have asked that same question. Then we got the Cooking Channel and they cleared that up for me, because it seemed that every other show made mention of the Canadian dish comprised of French fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. You guys, I’d never even seen cheese curds in my life, let alone heard of something called poutine.
Come to think of it, I still haven’t seen cheese curds, never in my life to this day. They just aren’t sold around these parts. Sweetwater Valley Farm, an hour or so away from me, sells cheese curds, but the one time we went there they were out. And when you are dying to try out a dish but you can’t find the ingredients you need, you have to get creative.
Poutine has a cousin from right here in the States known as disco fries. Disco fries are fries covered in chicken gravy and, instead of cheese curds, melted cheese. That made me start thinking…since I can’t make poutine with cheese curds, maybe I could make something “poutine-ish” with regular old cheese. Then it struck me….Southern poutine. With the best kind of gravy on earth, sausage gravy of course. On top of baked fries…you know, to offset the sausage gravy. It totally negates the calories. Totally. And cheddar cheese.
This was a decision that I did not regret. It was fantastically delicious. You guys, I am going to start a food truck and I’m going to cover everything with gravy. I’m going to call it the Gravy Truck. Or just Gravy. And I’m going to serve Southern Poutine. And maybe regular poutine. And disco fries.
It’s far from traditional, but Southern poutine is certainly tasty!
Yield: 4 servings
10 minPrep Time:
35 minCook Time:
- 4 large potatoes
- 2 teaspoons salt
- olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Preheat 2 large baking stones or baking sheets in the oven. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Cut potatoes into thin strips.
- Add the potato strips to the water. Boil for 3 minutes. Drain in a large colander and allow to sit for 5 minutes, shaking the colander occasionally.
- Divide the potatoes between the two preheated baking sheets. Spray with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt. If you do not have an olive oil sprayer, toss the fries in a large bowl with the tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining salt then divide between the preheated baking sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning every five minutes until browned.
- While the fries are cooking, brown the sausage in a large skillet. Sprinkle with the flour. Stir in the flour and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the milk gradually, stirring until completely combined. Allow to cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide the fries among 4 plates. Top with the gravy then the cheese. Serve immediately.
This recipe is easily halved!
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