If you were to sit down and try to come up with the ultimate junk food that is the most unhealthy dish on the planet, you’d be hard pressed to top Poutine. This Canadian dish, originating from Quebec, consists of fries smothered in cheese curds and topped with a generous heap of gravy.
It looks disgusting. In terms of its nutritional value it is beyond disgusting. However, take one bite of it and you’ll likely be hooked. We both find it irresistibly delicious.
Aside from the deep-fried Mars bar I tried in Edinburgh, Scotland, I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten anything less redeeming than this French Canadian favorite.
Sold in greasy spoons nationwide (especially in the Province of Quebec) it is a cheap and affordable snack/meal that typically can be bought at any time of day (many poutine joints in Quebec are open 24/7). I personally dare you to try it for breakfast 😉
Several Québécois communities lay claim to the dish including Drummondville, Victoriaville and Warwick; however, I’m not so certain I’d want to be remembered for spawning ‘heart attack on a plate.’
When deciding where to get our ‘sample poutine’ we did our homework. La Banquise, open 24/7, was a restaurant that consistently was mentioned online as one of the top places to eat poutine in Montreal. With over 25 different varieties to choose from it became a bit of a daunting task to narrow it down to just two.
We decided to go with the classic ‘fries, gravy and cheese curds’ and one premium variety ‘fries, gravy, bacon and goat cheese.’
We couldn’t think of a better place to devour this sinfully delicious (yet equally regrettable) dish than a local park nearby our Montreal one week rental apartment.
When pressed to decide which one we liked better (original versus premium) we both agreed that replacing the cheese curds with goat cheese and adding bacon for the win was an enhancement over the original.
Maybe in the future if ‘grease’ is added as the 5th food category, we’ll consider eating this on more than just special occasions.
If you’re looking to replicate the ‘perfect’ poutine consider the following tips:
Fries: medium cut and doubly fried to a golden crisp on the outside
Cheese curds: smaller than bite sized portions (consider replacing with feta or goat cheese)
Gravy: chicken or turkey light and thin with a spices and pepper
How much does Poutine cost? The regular sized portions we purchased (which we quite generous in size) were just under seven Canadian dollars for the classic poutine and just over nine dollars for the premium one with bacon and goat cheese.
Have you tried Poutine before? Is it something you’d consider sampling? What is the most unhealthy junk food you’ve ever eaten?