Growing Chefs! Ontario Poutine


Poutine is the ultimate comfort food. Our version uses the oven to bake the french fries into rounds. By cutting them with a safe chopper and having more surface area they crisp up better, and they are great for scooping up loads of gravy and cheese curds.

Oven-baked fries

2 pounds russet potatoes, slice into rounds with a safe chopper1/4 cup grapeseed oil salt to taste pepper to taste2 cups cheese curds


2 tablespoons cornstarch2 tablespoons water6 tablespoons unsalted butter1/4 cup all-purpose flour2 1/2 cups beef broth pepper to taste salt to taste
Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsBaking sheet with parchment paperBowls of various sizesSpatulaWhiskCutting boardSafe chopper or chef’s knifeMedium potLadleDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Measure ingredients for the gravy in separate bowls; the cornstarch,water, butter, flour, beef broth, and chicken broth.

Cut the potatoes into rounds without peeling about ½ centimetre thickness, using a safe chopper to obtain a wavy chip pattern, or alternatively use a chef’s knife.

Toss the potatoes with grapeseed oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer.

Get Cooking!

Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake fries for 2530 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. If needed, flip them once during baking with a spatula.

To make the gravy, melt the butter in a medium pot over medium high heat. Add all of the flour in at once, and whisk vigorously to form a roux. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, and then add in the beef and chicken stock. Continue to stir and let cook for 5 minutes.

Mix together the cornstarch and water to form a slurry, and pour that into the gravy mixture. Stir well, and continue to let cook and thicken for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare poutine, layer fries with cheese curds, and top with gravy.