A Look at the Makings of the Poutine

There is just something about a basket (or plate) of French fries.  It is such a simple dish but you can’t deny the simple pleasure of potatoes—cut to order—and deep fried in oil.

But you also can’t really deny the joy of cheese.  Come on, everybody loves cheese; even people who are lactose intolerant like cheese (they really hate that they don’t really get to enjoy it).  

Put these two things together and you have cheesy potatoes or cheese fries.  That sounds good. Add some brown gravy, though, and you have a classic Franchises for sale in Quebec Canadian poutine.

Where did the Poutine Come from?

Obviously, the term “poutine” is French, but it is uniquely a Canadian word.  And it is not as classic as it may seem; or rather, it is not a “traditional” dish. As a matter of fact, the poutine really only originated a few decades ago.  Image result for A Look at the Makings of the Poutine

Most historians will argue that the poutine originally derived from rural Quebec, prior to the 1960s, but many other provincial communities in the surrounding region will debate it. They will say they invented it.  The biggest argument, for example, is that it may have come, instead, from Saint-Jean-surRichelieu, Drummondville, or Victoriaville, and perhaps was not invented until maybe 1964.  However, prior to this year, “chips, cheese, and gravy” was actually quite a popular dish in England (dating back as early as 1901).  Regardless of where it actually came from, though, the poutine is generally regarded as a dish from Quebec.

What is a Poutine?

The term “poutine” is generally defined as “fries with cheese curds and brown gravy,” as mentioned above.  But this definition can only be traced to about 1982. Before this time, the term poutine can be found in use as far back as 1810.  Some actually argue that the term is a bit of a eliding of the English word “pudding,” and some even say that  variations of early poutine recipes were a dessert made out of flour or from bread crumbs; that is to say, “pudding.”

In the past, though, the term “poutine” has also been used as a type of slang for “fat person,” again derived from the English for “pudding.”  This term has been used as an associated trait as in “someone who is stout or thick, resembling pudding.”

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