One of the best parts of vacationing is immersing yourself in the local culture and cuisine of your destination. When experiencing Whistler, British Columbia, nothing makes you feel more connected to Canadian life than making the signature dish, Poutine. A delicious meal of fries, gravy and cheese curds, you can’t go wrong. When you get settled into your vacation rental, give the dish a try with this local recipe:
5 medium potatoes cut into fries (use Pemberton potatoes if you can – the best in the area)
2 cups cheese curds
1 quart vegetable oil (for frying)
For the gravy:
3 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. water
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
20 oz. beef broth
10 oz. chicken broth
- Start preparing the gravy in a small bowl by dissolving the corn starch in the water. Then set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes until the mixture turns golden brown.
- Add the beef and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk. Stir in the corn starch and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Season with pepper and salt if necessary.
- For the fries, heat the oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees Fahrenheit (185 degrees Celsius). Place the already-cut fries into the hot oil and cook until light brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- Place the fries on a serving platter and sprinkle the cheese over them. Ladle the gravy over the fries and cheese and serve immediately for a delicious Canadian specialty.
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