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Old 12-25-2013, 08:21 PM   #31
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #32
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We picked up curds, have leftover turkey, gravy, lingonberry sauce, and might have to crumble some bacon on top...
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:58 PM   #33
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A few twists?? I'm thinking Pulled Pork Poutine.

This year I had my first Poutine, now I know why I share a kindredship with Canadians. Love of fried food and gravy and they mix them then add cheese curds......

Ok this one was way over the top but...... Triple Pork Poutine from Smokes Poutinerie Halifax NS

Chipotle Pulled Pork
Double-Smoked Bacon
Italian Sausage


Tripple Pork Poutine by powerplantop, on Flickr

Let that soak in...
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #34
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Here's my critique of Trader Joe's Poutine:

I bought it yesterday (the person I asked there didn't even know they had it!) and fixed it last night for my solitary dinner.

Bottom line? I wouldn't bother.

Of course, I've never lived where poutine was served so I may not be the best judge, but I do like all sorts of food, not 'picky' at all.

I'll try making it myself, using Ore-Ida's Fast Food Fries, buy the curds, and make up a packet of Knorr's gravy. It can't be worse and I think it will be better.

Reasons? The fries, while o.k., weren't Ore-Ida's.
The gravy was very thin and not much of it.
The curds were maybe the best part----- they were chewier than the ones I can buy here. Whether they were authentic or not, I don't know. And there weren't many.

Anyway, if anyone else tries TJs poutine and can compare it to the real deal, I'd be glad to hear their opinion.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #35
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To tell you the truth I wasn't quite sure who Trader Joe was so I had to google it and found out you had bought frozen Poutine. No wonder you didn't like it. McCain Foods tried frozen poutine something like 10 years ago and it didn't last very long.

I did some more googling and found a review that pretty much agrees with your experience. What's Good at Trader Joe's?: Trader Joe's Poutine

Poutine needs to be made fresh with fresh ingredients.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #36
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #37
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Thanks for the validation. I doubt I'll make french fries from scratch OR the gravy. Color me lazy.

But I'm sure jury-rigging a recipe has to be better than TJs.
Pity us poor Yanks who can't find poutine in restaurants. (or at least near where I live, which really isn't that far from Canada.)
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Thanks for the validation. I doubt I'll make french fries from scratch OR the gravy. Color me lazy.

But I'm sure jury-rigging a recipe has to be better than TJs.
Pity us poor Yanks who can't find poutine in restaurants. (or at least near where I live, which really isn't that far from Canada.)
If you can get the cheese curds, go for it. Any French fries you like, any gravy you like. The first time I had poutine, the resto had one variation. They called "Italian poutine", served with "spaghetti sauce" instead of gravy. It was pretty good, but I prefer with gravy.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:11 PM   #39
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TL, Strangely enough I CAN get cheese curds here. So, I'm good to go!
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:14 PM   #40
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If you can get the cheese curds, go for it. Any French fries you like, any gravy you like. The first time I had poutine, the resto had one variation. They called "Italian poutine", served with "spaghetti sauce" instead of gravy. It was pretty good, but I prefer with gravy.
Italian poutine with spaghetti sauce?!
Did they use gnocchi instead of fries, too? And parmesan instead of cheddar curds?
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