The Great Poutine

Poutines are one of the most popular foods on the Canadian east coast. A Poutine is made with French fries, cheese curds and gravy but sometimes people add other ingredients like fried chicken or bacon. You can get the generic Poutines at almost any fast-food chain on the east coast; McDs, A&W, Burger King, New York Fries and even KFC. This French Canadian food is a delicacy in Quebec and New Brunswick, but you can find it sometimes in Nova Scotia.

It all began in rural Quebec in the late 1950s. Fernand Lachance of Warwick, Quebec claims that one day in 1957 an impatient customer ordered cheese curds while he was waiting for his French fries. To mask the fact that the French fries were cold they decided to put hot gravy on them . When he got his order he decided to combine the fries and hot gravy with his cheese curds. While combining the ingredients Lachance hollered ça va faire une maudite poutine (“this is gonna make a fucking mess!”). Linguists have no record of the word being used before 1978, but from this time on it’s been associated with the cheese covered French fries topped with gravy. And golly wee it tastes good!


4 thoughts on “The Great Poutine

  1. That aint just interesting, that sounds delicious. I’ll have two of them, supersized, and a 40 of Mickeys. Wait, this is Japan.


  2. Good old Derek giving some little island the great knowledge of POUTINE, ya’ll dont know what ur missing. thanks D, i,m hungry for one right now.


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