Is it the fries, the gravy, the cheese curds…or just the combination of it all that makes Poutine so amazing? I made a Pot Roast with super, rich gravy and just knew I had to make Poutine…I have been wanting to make this recipe for so long. You really do need to make your own gravy for this to be truly authentic! Can you substitute a jarred or packet? I suppose so…but, it will not be as tasty. Click here to grab my gravy recipe. You are going to love, love, love…definitely a full-blown cheat meal…but so worth every drop of gravy…every crunch of the fries…and every melt in your mouth bite of cheese curds.
To send this recipe over the top…I used duck fat and twice fried my potatoes. The taste…OMG…and the double-fry made the fries so crispy on the outside and tender on the inside…they held up so well to the gravy. I found duck fat in a jar at my local grocery store…it is super expensive…worth the indulgent price though!
Cut your potatoes into fries. I cut the potato into slices lengthwise then cut strips. Lay on paper towels to drain excess water…I even laid a paper towel on top of the cut fries while the duck fat was heating up. Releasing as much water as you can will create a crispier fry.
Place the duck fat in a cast iron pan…I found this deep one from Lodge that I love! Click here to view! Heat to 285 degrees. You are double frying…so the first fry will be at a lower temperature just to make the insides soft and tender.
You will be frying in batches…place just enough of the fresh cut potatoes onto a slotted spoon or spider and immerse into duck fat. Allow to fry for about six to seven minutes…they will turn just a pale brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Continue until all potatoes have gone through the first fry.
Increase the temperature of the duck fat to 350 degrees. Again, in batches, double-fry all of the fries until they are brown and crispy. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes each batch. Drain any excess oil.
Grab a plate or serving platter and start building…one layer of fries…topped with cheese curds…topped with gravy. REPEAT!
ENJOY this Canadian wonderland of goodness! Poutine for the WIN!