One of the joys of visiting Quebec, is that there is never a lack of good food. Our culture is obsessed with it. But our version of a “quick bite” is a little different. You may be used to “grab a burger and go”, but here in Quebec it’s “let’s grab a smoked meat sandwich or a poutine and go”. Or in this case, both together!
Poutine (pronounced “put-in”) is a wonderful mix of three main ingredients: French fries, gravy and curd cheese, also known as squeaky cheese for the noise it makes against your teeth when you bite into a fresh piece. All delicious on their own, but put together… heaven!
Smoked meat. Well, I don’t think I need to say much more. Our smoked meat is world-famous, has been featured in plays, books, movies, and I don’t think you’re allowed to call yourself a “Deli” unless you serve it Montreal-style.
So why not put it all together into one wondrous taste sensation? A fresh batch of fries, homemade gravy, a slowly melting sprinkle of curd cheese, and the subtle spices and texture of smoked meat. YUM!
I kid you not, this IS a common menu item. In fact, most Quebec restaurants will have a dozen different poutine-based concoctions on offer as regular everyday fare.
The bad news is, you’re looking at about a million calories, but the good news is, it’s so satisfying you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day and will probably skip breakfast the next morning.
I admit, poutine is not for everyone, but I do urge you to at least try a forkful. Oh, and a glass of white wine is not out of line with this dish.
This is TvKapherr, your humble glutton, reporting from Quebec, Canada. Bon Appetit!