Poutine

Photo: Randy Mayor

The fresher the cheese curds, the better they'll be. If you can't find local, fresh curds, order them from Ellsworth Co-op Creamery at ellsworthcheesecurds.com, or substitute kasseri cheese cubes. Kasseri, a salty Greek cheese, comes close to imitating the texture of curds. (Cheddar will work but won't add texture like the curds.) Oven-frying the potatoes in duck fat adds a rich, meaty flavor and gives them a gorgeously crisp texture. Look for duck fat in specialty markets, or order from amazon.com.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup fries, 3 tablespoons gravy, and 1 tablespoon cheese curds)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 11.5g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 8.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.7g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 453mg
  • Calcium: 67mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons duck fat
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, cut into 4 x 1/4-inch strips (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 ounces 50% less-fat pork sausage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
  • 2 ounces fresh cheddar cheese curds
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Preparation

  1. 1. Place a small roasting pan in the oven. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. 2. Carefully remove hot pan from oven. Melt fat in pan; add potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss. Bake at 450° for 45 minutes or until golden, turning once after 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Combine butter and flour, stirring until smooth. Add butter mixture to sausage; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly add broth to pan, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon gravy over fries; top with cheese curds. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
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