Oh Canada terre de nos aieux… eh?
A (google image) pic of the view of the lake I grew up next to. I grew up just a stone’s throw from the American (Michigan) border.
I have to ask… when you think of Canadian food, what do you think of? As a Canadian myself, the only thing that really comes to mind is Poutine.
7th: Close to Home – Make a food from your own country, state, or hometown.
Never heard of poutine? Not to fret – unless you are from Canada, you’ve probably never come across it. Traditionally it is french fires with cheese curds soaked in gravy. Sounds kinda gross, right? To be completely honest with you – I have never had it. I never found it appealing. But when this challenge came up, the idea of veganizing this dish sounded fun. And I’m always up for a good challenge!
Poutine (makes enough for one hungry person)
1 medium-sized russet potato, sliced into fry shapes
1 tsp of olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
Gravy (makes enough for leftovers)
1 cup of vegetable broth
1/2 tsp each of garlic & onion powder
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1 tsp of tamari (soy sauce)
1/4 cup of flour (I used rice flour)
Preheat the oven to 425. Slice the potatoes and add them to a large bowl. Add the oil, salt & pepper and stir to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange them in a single layer. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Once you have the fries in the oven, start making your gravy. Add the vegetable broth, garlic & onion powder, nutritional yeast and tamari to a small pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and slowly add in the flour and whisk until combined. It will probably be a little lumpy – but that’s good for this recipe.
When the fries are done, arrange them on a plate, add your “cheese curds”. I used Miyoko’s Fresh Vegan Mozz chopped into bite-sized pieces (any mozzarella style vegan cheese would work). Pour on your gravy and enjoy right away.
Do you have any weird traditional food from your home country?