Poutine, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… As a lazy meal, as a treat, when I’m really tired but can’t fall asleep. Seriously, this stuff is addictive like crack cocaine, and you’ll get a food coma so hard after. Prepare yourself.
I’m pretty sure every Canadian has tried poutine. If you’re Canadian and you haven’t, you deserve to be deported. Kidding.
Seriously, I don’t care how healthy you eat, you have to try this heart-attack-in-a-bowl at least once in your life. Whether you’re Canadian or not. Fries, with gravy and cheese curds is a magical recipe made in heaven. Be sure your poutine source uses cheese curds and not just regular old grated cheese. There’s a difference. Also, gravy from a packet of powder is no good. Do whatever you gotta do to find a place that has real gravy, made from the juices of real meats. I’ve also seen some super-awesome toppings on poutine (like bacon) but there’s just something about a plain old poutine that makes you feel loved.
Our favourite place to get poutine is from KFC. It’s inexpensive, instant, always available, and their gravy is made from actual chicken broth/stock, and that flavour is just… ya. Plus they cook their fries in the same oil they use to fry their chicken, so it’s extra chickeny. If we feel like splurging, though, we put in the extra effort and money and go to Pooty’s Poutine, a local food truck in Medicine Hat. They’re at the Medalta Market almost every Thursday, and they park at various places around town the rest of the week. If you’re in Medicine Hat and want to try them, check out their Facebook page. It shows their current location (as well as whether they’re open that day).
I hope you enjoyed the video of us stuffing our faces. We were so hungry by that point, we actually snuck a few bites before filming. Also, treat yourself and get a real fork. Those plastic ones just can’t handle the sheer awesomeness of poutine, and bend like Neo is watching them.
Where’s your go-to place for a poutine fix?