If you live in Canada, you know what Poutine is. For my blog readers in other countries, Poutine is not a type of cheese. Poutine is the name given to a combination of french fries, cheese curds and gravy.
We had a new burger restaurant open recently near our home called Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Our kids said that some of their friends had tried it and liked it. Today the family and I decided to check it out ourselves.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is the epitome of simple. They sell burgers and fries … and that’s it. Well I think there was a hot dog option. The place was very busy and I didn’t see a single hot dog. Everybody had … that’s right … burgers and fries. They did offer a cheese burger and a wide choice of toppings. The short review – Good burger, good fries.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries originated in the United States. While we were eating, my kids commented on how Americanized the restaurant seemed. Big portions, simple and tasty. That’s when I recognized that there was no Poutine on the menu. Then I started wondering what kind of cheese restaurants put on top of Poutine.
I did some research and determined that the cheese used on top of Poutine is fresh white cheddar cheese curds. I found an informative website called Poutine 101 that gives more information about Poutine’s history, the fries, the cheese, the gravy and even the bowl.
In 2010 there was the First Annual Poutine Eating Contest held in Toronto.
Personally I am not a Poutine fan. I love cheese, however, the whole combination of fried french fries and gravy is overwhelming to me. It has to be packed with calories and I would not consider it very heart smart.
Now you know what cheese to look for if you want to make Poutine . Alternatively, if you get a chance to eat some Poutine, you may appreciate knowing that it is fresh white cheddar curds hiding under the gravy.