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Sweet Potato Poutine

Sweet Potato Poutine

It had been far too long since I had last had poutine and I was craving it! Poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and gravy. How can you go wrong with French fries, cheese and gravy? The sauce or gravy that was leftover from braising the pot roast that I had made earlier was really tasty and I was thinking that it would be perfect to use to make some poutine. I headed out to the cheese monger at the St. Lawrence Market as soon as possible to pick up some fresh cheese curds imported from Quebec which are supposed to be very good for poutine. I had been wanting to try a sweet potato poutine and since I had really enjoyed the baked sweet potato wedges that last time that I had made them I decided to go with therm instead of French fries. My baked sweet potato wedge poutine turned out great! The baked sweet potatoes wedges were crispy on the edges and soft and warm and good on the inside. The cheese curds melted nicely but not too much on the sweet potato wedges and smothered in the super tasty gravy. The sweetness of the potatoes went really well with the saltiness of the cheese and gravy. Each bite transports you to another place, a place of complete enjoyment and contentment. I will have to make poutine more often, though not too often. :)

Note: One of the tricks to making good poutine is to assemble it while the fries and gravy are still piping hot so that the cheese curds begin to melt.

Sweet Potato Poutine

(makes 2 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound baked sweet potato wedges (hot)
1 cup cheese curds
1 cup gravy (hot)

Directions:
1. Place the hot sweet potato wedges on a plate and top with the cheese curd and gravy.

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges


Ingredients:
1 pound sweet potatoes (cut into wedges lengthwise)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Toss the sweet potato wedges in the oil, salt and pepper to coat.
2. Place the wedges, skin side down, on a baking sheet.
3. Bake in a preheated 375F oven until golden brown and tender, about 30 minutes.

Simple Gravy

I prefer to use the gravy from a roast but if I have that poutine craving and I don't have any on hand then you can make a simple one out of a roux and some stock as follows. I still had about a cup of the pot roast gravy left over so I froze it for the next time the craving hits.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.
2. Mix in the flour.
3. Mix in the beef broth and simmer to reduce by half.
4. Mix in the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Similar Recipes:
Corned Beef Poutine with Guinness Gravy
Poutine with a Mushroom Gravy
Green Bean and Mushroom Poutine
Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
French Fries

84 comments:

Beachlover said...

Interesting!!Now I know what to do with sweet potatos!!

VeggieGirl said...

SWEET POTATOES!!!! Holy yum :-)

sidi2u said...

Never tried it with sweet potatoes. It sounds delicious!!! Lovely blog, already tried a bunch of your recipes. You do a great job!

Elra said...

My mouth literally watering when I saw this potato. Look so delicious and so silky.
Cheers,
Elra

Hayley said...

My Dad has always loved french fries with gravy, and now I know he's not crazy!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the introduction to a new dish.

Heather said...

ohhh. myyyy. that sounds lovely! i've never heard of this before!

Indonesia-Eats said...

sweet potatoes are really good for fiber source. That's good idea, Kevin!

Sharon said...

I've never heard of this dish, but cannot imagine how! Sweet potatoes plus cheese plus gravy? Heaven!

Jenn Sutherland said...

Why do I always drool when I read your posts? You had me with the pot roast mushroom soup...but now, the poutine?! Wow - that is some serious food mojo. Taking poutine to the next level. I love it.

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh, what a great idea using sweet potatoes! Awesome!

Jaime said...

i've never heard of a poutine before! but it looks tasty! similar to a disco fries recipe i came across

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I can't believe that I've never tried Poutine before. Looks great!

kamailesfood said...

I've never heard of poutine before, but it sounds delicious. Looks like you may have introduced lots of people to this dish.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This looks beyond decadent! There's a shop just a few blocks from that carries fresh curds. I'm gonna have to try this one!

Selba said...

Sweet potato with cheese? Wow... never crossed my mind. Here in Indonesia, sweet potato is taken as sweet food (not mixed with salty stuff).

Nina Timm said...

Geez, Kevin you are just turning out one perfect dish after the other! I have never made poutine before...I am missing out!

Pam said...

I have never had poutine but I really want to try it. What an amazing recipe.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A scrumptious sprciality! Extremely yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Foxglove said...

i'm droolin lookin at ur post! i'm a big fan of sweet potatoes but never got around doin anythin else besides boiling it

tigerfish said...

yummy! reminds me of the last time I had poutine which was just less than a year ago.

Helene said...

My husband comes from Victoriaville in Québec. They make fresh curbs cheese everyday. So when we are visiting, at 4 pm, we go to this place and buy fresh, warm curbs cheese. They melt in the mouth. And we love poutine. I have to try with sweet potatoes. Great picture Kevin.

Lando said...

This looks too good to be true. Sweet potatoes with the gravy just looks so savory.

Koko said...

Oh my gosh- I have never ever thought of using sweet potatoes for poutine. It looks great!

Esi said...

One of my best friends is from Montreal and talks about poutine all the time. She actually made it recently too, but I never got to try it. Sounds really good!

Laura said...

What a fantastic sweet potato recipe! I'll be trying this out this weekend!!!

Lori said...

I've never heard of this dish. Looks great! I love chips and curry sauce (which is more like a gravy to me) so I'm sure I would love this. Thanks for sharing!

Dani said...

kevin this looks just perfect!!! :)

ksuicide said...

It sounds fabulous!

~cheers

Ann said...

This is genius! I haven't had the regular fry version of this since I last went to Canada, but I'm inspired to make both versions immediately

Joanne said...

I've never even heard of poutine before, but it looks great. Although I tend to think that anything that involves sweet potatoes will taste good.

Cathy said...

Sweet potatoes and gravy! Oh my heavens, that sounds wonderful. I'm practically drooling. I've never tried cheese curds. I'll have to get some the next time I'm at the Tillamook Cheese factory.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I just happened to have poutine stuck in my head (I've never had it!)--I seriously need to find cheese curds ASAP because this sounds delicious

Robin Sue said...

This is one of those Canadian dishes I have been wanting to try! Your version looks awesome since sweet potatoes are a fav of mine.

Sara said...

I've never had poutine before, but I've heard good things about it. I'll have to try this soon!

lisaiscooking said...

Poutine is one more reason I need to visit Canada!

Ginger said...

I thought French Fries and gravy was only eating in Hamilton, Ohio (where I grew up) Kevin, I have to say that yours looks so much better with sweet potatoes!!! WOW, you are a Chef.... Thanks so much for sharing.

My crazy crazy life said...

You had me at french fries, cheese and gravy.

AnticiPlate said...

This looks delicious! I had something similar to this in Amsterdam.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

OMG, that looks and sounds so so freakin' good!

jillian said...

I have heard of poutine but never had it. The sweet potatoes in this look so good!

Joie de vivre said...

When I first read your description of poutine, the American diner lover in me let out a little sigh of pleasure.

PG said...

Thank you so much for your comment at my blog! Yours is not new to me and I like the way you present your food. And i have actualy gt to know of mayn new recipes through yours whenever i have come here and this one is another example of it. Poutine is new to me. Looks delicious!

Happy cook said...

I have never ever had anything like this. It is tottaly new for me this dish.

Jennifer said...

I've never hear of that before, looks good!

duodishes said...

A Canadian coworker talked about this like it was heaven...and we see why. But what exactly are cheese curds? What kind of cheese?

The Cooking Ninja said...

wow! This looks so good. I got to try it. :)

Tasty Trends said...

i ahve never heard of poutine! this dish looks amazing!

Colleen said...

We have a much less gourmet version we call Disco Fries in the Dirty Jerz! This one looks much better!

kimberleyblue said...

We make poutine often enough at home - you're right, sweet potatoes are a fun variation!

A little trick for the perfect topping: we put about half the curds right into the pot of gravy and let them melt up a little. The other half goes on top of the fries, then we smother that with the hot gravy/cheese mixture. Perfect!

farida said...

Kevin, this is a great looking dish. I buy sweet potatoes quite often and have exhausted all my recipes:) Yours came right on time. Thanks for sharing.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Ah.. poutine, what a great Canadian classic! I love the twist of using sweet potatoes!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

What an interesting dish Kevin! :) I never heard of this dish, also cheese curds are something new to me... Must look for them on the cheese market :)

redmenace said...

This looks amazing! I love the idea of sweet potato and curd!

Allie said...

Oh, god that looks delicious.

Jenny said...

any ideas where i can get cheese curds in england? i loved them when i was in canada in 2005!

ttfn300 said...

ooh, i've never heard of poutine, thanks for the lesson!

Sara said...

Yum, this looks so delicious! I don't know if I can get cheese curds, but if I can find them I will have to try making this!

pepsakoy said...

It looks awesome! Never heard about this dish..very interesting and I really wanna try..yumm

Bellini Valli said...

Amen to this dish Kevin!!!!!! Poutine is my favourite snack!!!

Holler said...

Wow, I have never seen anything like this Kevin, but it is about time! Yum :P

Maryann said...

I have never heard of this! This is why I enjoy food blogging. I learn so much :)

Lori said...

Yup, I am salivating again. That always happens when I stop by your site. Now cut that out! Just kidding. Really, dont stop your wonderful creations.

Erika said...

What an interesting dish! I will eat anything with cheese!

Peabody said...

Never had it with sweet potatoes...but I do love the original.

Kevin said...

duodishes: Cheese curds are the fresh curds of cheese from before they are packed into a brick I believe. They are a mild cheese that is ideally eaten when fresh. When eaten it squeaks a bit and it is nice and gooey when melted.

Kevin said...

Jenny: I am not sure where you would find them in England. Here in Toronto you can find them in pretty much any grocery store. If you can't find them at a regular grocery store I would try some cheese mongers or shops.

Natashya said...

What a good Canadian boy you are!
Great idea to use baked sweet potatoes for it - I shall give it a try one day too!

Mrs Ergül said...

and i know a crowd that this will please!

Jamie said...

As I was drooling over the dip, I noticed the words Sweet Potato Poutine! I had poutine once on a trip to Quebec and loved it! I think I was one of the only adults in the room who really appreciated it. But with sweet potatoes it looks awesome! Can I come over to your house to eat?

Jeanine said...

You can't go wrong with poutine...I'd love to try it with sweet potatoes one day. Wonderful!

twoveganboys said...

Wow! This dish looks and sounds terrific.

Maggie said...

I never understood what the big deal was with poutine but using sweet potatoes makes it sound really appealing. Great idea!

Maria said...

A fellow Torontonian, just stumbled on your blog.

Sweet potatoes could make a poutine eater of me. Love the idea of sweet-and-salty contrast.

Look forward to reading more!

Karen said...

Haven't heard of this dish, but then I'm not from Canada! Closest thing I guess the U.S. has is chili-cheese fries: french fries covered with chili then cheese. When I first saw the pic I was a little disappointed that there wasn't something here with the pot roast, but then read that you used the gravy! Great job! I love cheese curds - they make my teeth squeak! :D

Pam said...

Potatoes! Cheese! Gravy! How have I missed this???

Kelly Dee said...

I never thought to do this with sweet potatoes!

Jeanne said...

I've never had poutine, much less with sweet potatoes but now you have me intrigued... Like you say, with those ingredients what can go wrong?!

Mrs. L said...

No matter how many times I've been on road trips watching the San Jose Sharks play hockey in Canada, I've never been able to try the poutine. I did tell myself next time, no excuse, I have to taste it!

Sarah said...

omg! using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes is pure brillance!

chez aurora said...

Poutine..eh? Something new! This version looks yummy. Love your blog, very creative and great photography! Thanks for stopping by :)

Barbara

Mercina said...

Oh that looks so good! I love the use of sweet potatoes, great idea!

Foodzings said...

man, anything sweet potato is great! especially if there's cheese and gravy. maybe i just noticed this, but i love the "printable recipe" option! thanks!

collins.laura018@yahoo.com said...

Looking at the photo makes me hungry right now. I hope making this would taste good like what it seems. Well, I will just have to try it out to know

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