Something that you miss.
I wish I could have a legit poutine. What is poutine? It’s a French-Canadian plate of french fries, brown gravy and cheese. It sounds like a simple plate but there are too many ways to get it wrong.
The fries have to have the right amount of thickness. They can’t be shoestring (too skinny) or crinkle (too dense with no crunch). I think crinkle fries are too gritty and mealy. The gravy has to have a good consistency to it so that it doesn’t disappear when it’s drizzled on the fries. The cheese can only be the cheese curd that has a squeak to it. It can’t completely melt like mozzarella because then it would be too gooey.
My mom and I try to recreate the recipe in order to satisfy our cravings for poutine. We have figured out the gravy part, but the cheese isn’t right. I found some cheese curds in the grocery story the other day, but they felt too dry. Maybe it would be easier to find some in Wisconsin, but until now we just have to settle for shredded cheese on our bowls of poutine.
It is important to point out that these three ingredients make up the traditional poutine. There are different types of poutine that can have meat, peas, mushrooms, onions and other things in addition to the basic ingredients. If you ever get the chance to try some, please do.
What do you miss?