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Hog On Ice
2013-12-13, 19:16
McD's in Canada has added a new item to its menu, poutine, and it shows great promise (to me at least) as a great option for town stops to beat back the Hunger. Now if we could only get it in the USA .. sigh.

for those who have never heard of this fast food option here is a brief description:

"In the basic recipe for poutine, French fries are covered with fresh cheese curds, and topped with brown gravy. In a Quebec poutine:

Fries: Usually of medium thickness, and fried (sometimes doubly) so that the inside stays soft, while the outside is crispy.
Cheese curds: Fresh cheese curds are used to give the desired texture. The curd size may vary but is usually slightly smaller than bite-sized.
Gravy: Traditionally a light and thin chicken, veal, or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper, or a sauce brune which is a combination of beef and chicken stock, a variant originating in Quebec. The gravy should be thin enough to easily filter down into the mass of fries and cheese curds. These sauces typically also contain vinegar or a sour flavouring to balance the richness of the cheese and fries. Traditional poutine sauces (mélange à sauce poutine) are sold in Quebec, Ontario, and Maritime grocery stores in jars or cans and in powdered mix packets. Recently, some stores have begun to offer vegetarian gravy as an option to cater to ovolactovegetarians.

Heavy beef or pork-based brown gravies are rarely used. To maintain the texture of the fries, the cheese curd and gravy are added immediately prior to serving the dish. The hot gravy is usually poured over the cold cheese curds, so that the cheese is warmed without completely melting. It is important to control the temperature, timing and the order in which the ingredients are added, so as to obtain the right food textures which is an essential part of the experience of eating poutine."

Wonder
2013-12-13, 19:57
I LOVE Poutine! I went to a lake house about 2 hours from Montreal for 6 summers. I lived on the stuff! Damn, now I'm gonna have to make some

Hog On Ice
2013-12-13, 20:05
good luck finding cheese curds in the South - I have not seen any in over 30 years

Lone Wolf
2013-12-14, 00:44
McD's in Canada has added a new item to its menu, poutine, and it shows great promise (to me at least) as a great option for town stops to beat back the Hunger. Now if we could only get it in the USA .. sigh.

for those who have never heard of this fast food option here is a brief description:

"In the basic recipe for poutine, French fries are covered with fresh cheese curds, and topped with brown gravy. In a Quebec poutine:

Fries: Usually of medium thickness, and fried (sometimes doubly) so that the inside stays soft, while the outside is crispy.
Cheese curds: Fresh cheese curds are used to give the desired texture. The curd size may vary but is usually slightly smaller than bite-sized.
Gravy: Traditionally a light and thin chicken, veal, or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper, or a sauce brune which is a combination of beef and chicken stock, a variant originating in Quebec. The gravy should be thin enough to easily filter down into the mass of fries and cheese curds. These sauces typically also contain vinegar or a sour flavouring to balance the richness of the cheese and fries. Traditional poutine sauces (mélange à sauce poutine) are sold in Quebec, Ontario, and Maritime grocery stores in jars or cans and in powdered mix packets. Recently, some stores have begun to offer vegetarian gravy as an option to cater to ovolactovegetarians.

Heavy beef or pork-based brown gravies are rarely used. To maintain the texture of the fries, the cheese curd and gravy are added immediately prior to serving the dish. The hot gravy is usually poured over the cold cheese curds, so that the cheese is warmed without completely melting. It is important to control the temperature, timing and the order in which the ingredients are added, so as to obtain the right food textures which is an essential part of the experience of eating poutine."
we have it at the blue blaze cafe in damascus. it's all over the northeast. nothin' new

D'Artagnan
2013-12-14, 10:06
I misread the title of this thread. I thought you said "poontang". Imagine my disappointment.

Superman
2013-12-14, 10:22
I misread the title of this thread. I thought you said "poontang". Imagine my disappointment.

Oh, I thought it was just me. It seemed a bit kinky to pour beef gravy on it but what I say is "what ever blows your skirt up."

john pickett
2013-12-14, 11:47
I'm on the lookout for Stargazey pie myself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargazy_pie

Superman
2013-12-14, 12:01
I'm on the lookout for Stargazey pie myself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargazy_pie

Anyone who intentionally eats English fucked up food probably isn't as well adjusted as he thinks he is. I'm not saying that a person of that sort is totally fucked in the head. I'm just saying that any food recommendations from such a person should be discarded as a crazy idea. Not crazy as in the institutional sense but in the sense that he fails to realize that for hundreds of years Englishmen fled England to try to find a decent meal. I'm not saying that a person like that should be put in shackles and tickled with an asp. I'm just saying that historically if an Englishman committed murder he would not be put to death but he would be made to eat the cooking. Unless he murdered the cook for which he would be knighted and given a medal. I hope this clarifies the issue.:angel:

Wonder
2013-12-14, 16:43
good luck finding cheese curds in the South - I have not seen any in over 30 years

There is a cheese maker in West Jefferson, NC who makes them, and a local shop sells Wisconsin curds. Poutine......... It will be mine.

Superman
2013-12-14, 16:58
See, I thought my post number 8 was wicked funny but I suppose it's how you read it.

Hog On Ice
2013-12-14, 17:00
it had too much truth in it

Superman
2013-12-14, 17:11
it had too much truth in it

When I re-read it I could see that a person might take it as a bit negative.

Hog On Ice
2013-12-14, 17:12
just a tad

Lugnut
2013-12-14, 17:39
I saw nothing wrong about post #8. :angel:

Wonder
2013-12-14, 17:43
:-). Good thing Poutine is Canadian.....

Superman
2013-12-14, 17:46
:-). Good thing Poutine is Canadian.....

Do you speak Canadian?

saimyoji
2013-12-14, 17:49
Don't you have to blow a seal to get the accent right?

Superman
2013-12-14, 17:57
don't you have to blow a seal to get the accent right?

lmao

Wonder
2013-12-14, 18:11
Eh?.

Superman
2013-12-14, 18:28
Don't you have to blow a seal to get the accent right?

A Canadian is like an American only nicer...eh. :angel:

Hog On Ice
2013-12-14, 18:36
unless from Quebec

Superman
2013-12-14, 18:44
unless from Quebec

I hiked with TUK in 2000. He was one of those French Canadians. He seemed nice. In NH we don't get to talk to any because they are just going like hell on the highway to get to someplace else.

Wonder
2013-12-14, 19:23
They're nice unless you ask them something in English.........then they are assholes. Got lost in bumfuck Quebec once. Only sign we had seen for miles, sorry, kilometers, was one saying "Welcome to the Arctic Circle"........in English. I walked into a little gas station/deli/baitshop type place. They were all having a conversation in a mix of english and french. I very politely asked for directions. One dude just said, "No English" while his buddy stared at my tits. Drove around half of the night. Our plan then morphed into simply driving away from the Northen Lights. At that point we didn't care where we hit the border, as long as we could find the United States again.

Superman
2013-12-14, 19:30
I've heard stories like that before. I've never gone to Quebec. TUK father was retired from the American Navy and has dual citizenship.

D'Artagnan
2013-12-15, 01:41
So he's an American who has access to good health care.

Wonder
2013-12-15, 09:27
That's funny! I know a guy up there who is a film/stage actor, and has to spend a lit of time in the US working. He mentioned to is that he had duel years ago. His main reason was that it was easier to go back and forth, and he figured our health care system would crash, and he could always head back north.

Sargevining
2013-12-16, 15:54
In the basic recipe for poutine, French fries are covered with fresh cheese curds, and topped with brown gravy

Criminy Dutch, dude.

Give people some kind of warning before you post stuff like that.

Roche
2013-12-16, 17:47
WARNING! I've seen Canadians put vinegar on French fries.

Sargevining
2013-12-16, 18:03
There's a dish of which I've heard
Made with French Fries and cheese curd
Its called Poutine
Which I have never seen
But I think the brown gravy would make it look like a greasy terd

john pickett
2013-12-16, 18:24
"while his buddy stared at my tits"
Just proves they're not All stupid, even if they're All offensive.

john pickett
2013-12-16, 18:25
And Sargevining, That's not how you spell "turd"

john pickett
2013-12-16, 18:29
And, on behalf of our Red-Headed Step-child Canuckian Cousins, apologies to Wonder. You have a beautiful smile and beautiful hair.

Sargevining
2013-12-16, 18:32
And Sargevining, That's not how you spell "turd"

Dang spelling knotsy

Ray
2013-12-16, 18:51
WARNING! I've seen Canadians put vinegar on French fries.And mayonnaise. Really. Seriously. No shit. Mayonnaise.

Sargevining
2013-12-16, 18:55
And mayonnaise. Really. Seriously. No shit. Mayonnaise.

On freaking HAMBURGERS!

I've seen it.

Hard to wipe that kind of thing out of your memory, you know?

Wonder
2013-12-16, 18:59
LOL....it was a "Broad" assumption....

Hog On Ice
2013-12-16, 19:05
mayo on hamburgers - you should try it - its pretty good

sheepdog
2013-12-18, 12:51
On freaking HAMBURGERS!

I've seen it.

Hard to wipe that kind of thing out of your memory, you know?
http://youtu.be/q51JzPVfSuE
q51JzPVfSuE

Mags
2013-12-18, 17:30
Poutine is awesome. Esp on a cold, winter day. You would find in the northeast with its French-Canadian population (by ancestry anyway).

As for vinegar on french fries..that's a New England thing too. Fish and chips needs good malt vinegar!

Superman
2013-12-18, 17:37
Poutine is awesome. Esp on a cold, winter day. You would find in the northeast with its French-Canadian population (by ancestry anyway).

As for vinegar on french fries..that's a New England thing too. Fish and chips needs good malt vinegar!

I did not know that.

Wonder
2013-12-18, 18:02
Malt vinegar on fries or baked potato is awesome

Superman
2013-12-18, 18:13
Malt vinegar on fries or baked potato is awesome

We have three types of vinegar but no malt vinegar. It's now on the shopping list.

Skidsteer
2013-12-18, 21:13
It is really good.

D'Artagnan
2013-12-19, 10:03
My first experience with vinegar on fries was as a kid at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. It's a short race track where local rednecks play like NASCAR on Saturday nights.

Wonder
2013-12-19, 10:45
Oh, law! I still haven't been to Bowmen Gray. All I had to do was watch Madhouse to figure it wasn't for me. That said, I still want to go to a race at 311 dirt track. I drive past it every Thursday, and I'll admit, I'm intrigued

Law Dawg (ret)
2013-12-19, 14:18
Nah, fries need mustard. Oh and Haggis is super food...related to the best side of Canada where they speak almost Amurican, by God. ;)

D'Artagnan
2013-12-19, 16:12
Oh, law! I still haven't been to Bowmen Gray. All I had to do was watch Madhouse to figure it wasn't for me. That said, I still want to go to a race at 311 dirt track. I drive past it every Thursday, and I'll admit, I'm intrigued

Let's go. The guy who services my Harley, his grandson races there.

Wonder
2013-12-19, 16:18
Let's go. The guy who services my Harley, his grandson races there.

Awesome! It's a date:-). Apparently the just opened a restaurant there too. I'm skerred

Hog On Ice
2013-12-19, 16:30
Awesome! It's a date:-). Apparently the just opened a restaurant there too. I'm skerred

does the restaurant serve poutine?

Crikey
2013-12-19, 16:56
French Chicken

http://citynoise.org/upload/26151.jpg

Ray
2013-12-19, 18:27
French ChickenEnglish translation of " L'armée française ".

Skidsteer
2013-12-19, 19:36
The redundancies and oxymorons are thick tonight.

Crikey
2013-12-20, 00:22
Well, it really is French Canadian Chicken, so I guess it should get some slack.

D'Artagnan
2013-12-20, 09:37
Well, it really is French Canadian Chicken, so I guess it should get some slack.

So it comes with an air of condescension, I suppose.

J5man
2013-12-20, 11:26
Just an FYI there is a Paris, Kentucky

john pickett
2013-12-20, 13:01
"mayo on hamburgers - you should try it"
HOI, you need a good Counselor, Sir. Preferably one with
a license to prescribe psycho-active drugs. I'm jus' sayin'.

john pickett
2013-12-20, 13:03
And I lived in Paris, Texas for 3 years. I'm told Paris, France is even more depressing; though I don't see how it could be.

Superman
2013-12-20, 13:07
And I lived in Paris, Texas for 3 years. I'm told Paris, France is even more depressing; though I don't see how it could be.

I was in Paris, France in 1965. It sucks and so does the rest of France. That was when they were pulling out of NATO. Their food and their whine sucks also.

Roche
2013-12-20, 13:38
While in France did you get a good deal on a used weapon - "only dropped once".

Wonder
2013-12-20, 13:54
I had my purse with passport stolen while I was in Paris, France. The food was great, but it's is not a city on my re-visit list. Crowded, dirty..... And the cops were reeeeeeally creepy. Wine country was awesome, Paris sucked

The Goat
2014-03-06, 16:47
good luck finding cheese curds in the South - I have not seen any in over 30 years

i get em from the farmers market in falls church. they've got like 10 different kinds/ flavors.

SGT Rock
2014-03-06, 19:50
I thought Permmican was supposed to be the hiker super food.

Hog On Ice
2014-03-06, 20:07
you ever eat any?

john pickett
2014-03-06, 21:31
Not voluntarily. Same for Haggis and guinea pig.

Skidsteer
2014-03-06, 21:40
you ever eat any?

Yeah, homemade pemmican. Venison and raisins. Turned out pretty good.

Big Mac
2014-03-06, 22:20
Not voluntarily. Same for Haggis and guinea pig.

I've said it before - I thought haggis was pretty good.

Lugnut
2014-03-06, 22:54
I thought Permmican was supposed to be the hiker super food.

Isn't that what you soak you clothes with to keep off Mosquitos? Or maybe that's 'permathrin' . Maybe that's why I attract bees.

SGT Rock
2014-03-07, 10:38
I've never eaten any. Didn't sound appealing to me.

Sargevining
2014-03-07, 16:56
I'm gonna come out there with a few 50 gallon barrels of menudo, tripas, cabrito, and tacos de lengua.

Ray
2014-03-07, 17:34
I'm gonna come out there with a few 50 gallon barrels of menudo, tripas, cabrito, and tacos de lengua.Cool! But go heavy on the cabrito and tongue and light on the menudo and tripas, please?

john pickett
2014-03-07, 22:43
I'll take the menudos!

Sargevining
2014-03-07, 23:19
Tripas is the new poutine

Roche
2014-03-08, 07:38
Can snicker bars fit into tripas?

Bearpaw
2014-03-08, 08:08
Menudo?

No way I'm eating a middle-aged boy band.

JimBlue
2015-11-06, 15:47
One of my relatives married a Cajun. She was handed some puotine... I asked her about it. She told me if I asked her again she would throw up on my shoes. Since I only had the one pair, I didn't ask her again.

Rosaleen
2015-11-14, 11:50
Hmm! When I read French fries with cheeses and gravy, I thought, "Yuck!" All I could picture was a mass of greasy, salty carbs. "Cheese curds" = cottage cheese, in my experience. So, I looked up poutine. The preferred recipe calls for fresh, as in made that day, CHEDDAR cheese curds. So fresh, they squeak as they are chewed. O-K... Also, a mild gravy, sort of a creamy chicken base, like a veloute. This sort of food would be way off of what I would serve at home. However, as a hiker food, I can see topping instant mashed potatoes with cut up or shredded cheddar and some dry mix chicken gravy. Of course, some bacon could elevate the dish to fabulous. Trail poutine, a variation of simple hiker staples.

sheepdog
2015-11-14, 20:12
what's not to like?

john pickett
2015-11-16, 19:08
How about pemmican on instant mashed potatoes with dry mix chicken gravy? Or jerky and cheese gratin potaoes and gravy? Or...???

Superman
2015-11-16, 19:19
I have my hikes catered so I don't have that chore of carrying a menu.

Rosaleen
2015-11-16, 19:27
Carry a MENU? Who is staying at the "Ritz?" Meals catered in may become a reality if drone entrepreneurs have their way...

Pemmican or jerky as staples may be OK for those young and fit enough to handle high sodium or high fat. I can't put in high enough mileage per day to justify high fat foods.

Superman
2015-11-16, 19:37
Well, the porters have to eat something.

Rosaleen
2015-11-16, 19:57
They can't just forage for themselves? (Could be covered by "Yogi-ing," which I find disgusting...)

Superman
2015-11-16, 20:14
They can't just forage for themselves? (Could be covered by "Yogi-ing," which I find disgusting...)

I had a night mare when I was out hiking. I dreamt that my porters turned into young entitles druggy hikers. Then I woke up and it was my dog breathing on me.

sheepdog
2015-11-16, 21:24
Carry a MENU? Who is staying at the "Ritz?" Meals catered in may become a reality if drone entrepreneurs have their way...

Pemmican or jerky as staples may be OK for those young and fit enough to handle high sodium or high fat. I can't put in high enough mileage per day to justify high fat foods.

superman does drone on and on...never saw any food though

Superman
2015-11-16, 21:39
superman does drone on and on...never saw any food though

The catering truck couldn't get through the crowd of LEOs.

Rosaleen
2015-11-16, 21:46
Snicker and snicker, again!

Superman
2015-11-16, 22:06
Snicker and snicker, again!

It was awful. There were guns and badges every where. They thought it had donuts.

sheepdog
2015-11-16, 22:55
It was awful. There were guns and badges every where. They thought it had donuts.

you got a ride didn't you?

Superman
2015-11-16, 23:05
you got a ride didn't you?

You're the man. I's sort of funny how much better a person hears when you put a gun in their ear.