Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This traditional Canadian dish is DELICIOUS. It is better with cheese curds but you can use regular shredded mozzarella cheese if curds aren't available in your area. For something a little different use spaghetti sauce instead of gravy. Recipe calls for canned gravy but homemade leftover gravy is SO MUCH better. Also, you can use store bought french fries and make them as directed on the package.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 quart vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 (10 1/4 ounce) can beef gravy
  • 5 medium potatoes, cut into fries
  • 2 cups cheese curds


  1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy skillet to 365°F (185°C).
  2. Warm gravy in saucepan or microwave.
  3. Place the fries into the hot oil, and cook until light brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  5. Place the fries on a serving platter, and sprinkle the cheese over them.
  6. Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese, and serve immediately.


Most Helpful

The word "real" should be removed from this recipe. Few specific info are missing to have the "REAL" poutine. For example: It should be the Red potato from Manitoba. Is should be Conola oil. Is should be the cheese curds (salted cheddard) sold and made in Quebec. And the real poutine sauce also sold in Quebec. Few restaurants in other provinces do import the real stuff. But the further you go more rare it gets. This recipe is good but there is a difference between good, very good and excellent. It' all good until you have the "real one". Be ready for a choc when you do. If there is mozzarella in it , I, personnaly, wouldn't call it Poutine. Just a close resemblance of it. Mario (from Quebec living in Alberta).

pikabiker April 19, 2009

From a true Canadian, try fried Hamburger (fried up with your favorite spices) under the gravy and cheese! This makes a meal out of poutine! It's served in pubs all over New Brunswick! Enjoy!

Amanda's Kitchen September 14, 2008

I'm just going to add onto what pikabiker has already stated. I'm going to give this one star because there is absolutely no thought whatsoever into this recipe. I'm sorry, but 1 can of beef gravy, this could be anything. Is there a specific type that is better than another? Can I just buy the dollar can of beef gravy and make this 'Poutine' awesome? <br/><br/>I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but anybody could go online and see what Poutine is, fries, gravy, cheese... It is one of the best things to experience in Canada, there are many different variations of it, it has become one of the greatest culinary feats... By saying that I'm trying to say, you can't really go wrong with fries, gravy and cheese. To call this 'Real Canadian Poutine' could be ok, but this recipe has absolutely zero thought. Make your own gravy (recipe?!), put some cheese curds on it, (yellow/white/what?), how to make the 'perfect' french fry?<br/><br/>Anyway, I give one star because of lack of imagination, anybody can google what Poutine is and come up with a cheap and thoughtless idea on how to do it.

jroyle_11867572 March 02, 2014

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