Vegan Poutine

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Oh Canada terre de nos aieux… eh?

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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!

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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)

Fries
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.

Gravy
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.

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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.

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Do you have any weird traditional food from your home country?

22 thoughts on “Vegan Poutine

  1. I have never had poutine unless you count a poutine burger (vegan) but I have a sort of fascination with it and love your version – though I think I would prefer the mozzarella to be melted (yours looks like it isn’t – perhaps this is more curd like – I am not really familiar with cheese curds)

  2. I’d never heard poutine, now I’m kind of fascinated by it! I like the sound of it (or the vegan version, anyway). I’m going to look for a suitable cheese, I don’t think I can get anything mozzarella-style locally.

    1. It really is a weird dish… I’m not sure how it got started – who would have thought of combining those things? You can give it a shot with any vegan cheese – it’ll work =)
      Thanks Jenny!

  3. Whoop whoop I am so pleased you made this, I have a fascination with poutine ever since I learned about them years back. I have a Canadian veggie cookbook and this is one recipe I have bookmarked, but your version is much nicer and its so much more curd like than other veggie versions i’ve seen that are tofu or too melted like cheese on chips – so def. bookmarking to make

    1. Really? That’s so funny πŸ˜‰ I think the idea of poutine is kind of gross, but my vegan version turned out surprisingly tasty. If you give it a try, let me know how you like it. Thanks Shaheen!

      1. I do agree with you, it is a mucky dish and one i would not go for, but you must remember i lived in Scotland and they like gravy and cheese – and chips, smothered in both cheese and curry sauce, and yes that is kinda gross, but there must be something comforting about it too.

  4. I’ve never had traditional poutine before but in NJ we have something called Disco Fries. They’re basically the same – fries with gravy and mozzarella cheese on top. I used to love them but of course haven’t had them since going vegan so I can’t wait to try your version.

    When I think of Canadian food I think of poutine and also maple syrup!

    1. Ahhh so you’ve had something like poutine. So you should make this and let me know if it reminds you of the ones from Disco Fries (how fun of a name is that?). Ah yes maple syrup. I could have done something with that. I don’t even think about it that way, I just use it in pretty much everything haha πŸ˜‰

  5. I have known of Poutine for a long time, and have tried several versions in the US, Canada and here. Though they tend to use grated cheese instead of a curd-style cheese. Though there was a truck in PDX that was using Teese, which I think would be similar to the curd texture? Honestly, I have never eaten actual cheese curds and I am really OK with that. πŸ˜‰
    Whatever it is, potatoes and gravy and cheese is so yummy!

  6. I think I recall seeing Poutine when I was looking for traditional foods from other countries – a vegan version sounds much better πŸ˜€ . Here in the UK depending on which area you live in, apart from the standard chips with salt & vinegar or chips with ketchup, you could have cheesy chips, chips with gravy (pronounced greeeyveee lol), chips with curry sauce, chips with mayonnaise or where I live chips with mushy peas yumyum! πŸ˜› I think I’m going to have a play and try your poutine version – you make them sound very good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. In Canada we eat our fries with salt and vinegar too – it’s something they don’t do in the States and I miss it terribly. Wow – so many chip combinations! Mushy peas? Interesting! Let me know if you try the poutine =)

  7. “To be completely honest with you – I have never had it”
    haha funny thing is that I understand. It just occurred to me recently that there is a local dish in New Jersey called Disco Fries and I always thought they sounded gross. They are pretty much poutine- fries with mozzarella and gravy. But it is pretty tasty, which makes sense. I mean you eat gravy on mashed potatoes right?

    1. I never liked gravy on mashed potatoes. I never liked gravy period – the whole thought of it was gross to me πŸ˜‰
      Disco fries sound suspiciously like poutine haha.
      Since going vegan, I do actually enjoy vegan gravy on potatoes =)

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