Introduction:
Poutine, a beloved Canadian comfort food, is a delightful combination of crispy French fries, rich gravy, and gooey cheese curds. This traditional dish has been enjoyed for decades across Canada, and its irresistible blend of flavors and textures has made it popular worldwide. In this special recipe, we’ll elevate the classic poutine by adding a unique twist – a sweet and tangy berry compote that perfectly complements the savory elements. The contrast of flavors in this Poutine with Berry Compote will make your taste buds dance with joy. This dish is a culinary masterpiece that takes approximately 45 minutes to prepare and serves 4 hungry individuals.

History:
Poutine’s origins can be traced back to rural Quebec in the 1950s, where it is believed to have been created. It was initially a simple dish consisting of just fries and cheese curds, drizzled with hot gravy. Over the years, poutine has evolved, and various creative versions have emerged. Our Poutine with Berry Compote is a modern twist on this classic, showcasing the versatility and adaptability of this beloved Canadian dish.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the Berry Compote:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 tablespoon water to make a slurry)

For the Poutine:

  • 4 cups frozen French fries
  • 2 cups cheese curds (white cheddar or squeaky cheese curds)
  • 2 cups beef or vegetarian gravy (homemade or store-bought)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

For the Berry Compote:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the mixed berries, granulated sugar, water, and lemon juice.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the berries have softened and released their juices.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water to create a slurry.
  5. Slowly pour the cornstarch slurry into the simmering berry mixture while stirring continuously.
  6. Continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the compote thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the Poutine:

  1. Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature for the frozen French fries. Bake the fries according to the package instructions until they are golden brown and crispy.
  2. While the fries are baking, warm up the gravy in a separate saucepan over low heat. Keep it warm until you’re ready to assemble the poutine.
  3. Once the fries are done, remove them from the oven and immediately season them with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Place a generous portion of hot, crispy fries onto each serving plate.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese curds evenly over the hot fries so they start to melt slightly.
  6. Ladle the warm gravy over the fries and cheese curds, ensuring that they are well covered.
  7. Finally, spoon the berry compote over the poutine, allowing the sweet and tangy flavors to meld with the savory goodness.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

NUTRITION FACTS:

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Cholesterol (mg)Sodium (mg)Total Carbohydrates (g)Dietary Fiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)
1 Serving650 Calories35g15g75mg950mg60g5g15g22g

Conclusion:
Poutine with Berry Compote is an extraordinary dish that marries the classic Canadian comfort food with the sweet and tangy flavors of a homemade berry compote. The contrast between the rich gravy, gooey cheese curds, and vibrant berry compote creates an explosion of taste in every bite. Whether you’re serving it as a special treat for friends and family or as a unique twist on a classic, this Poutine with Berry Compote recipe is sure to impress and satisfy. Try it today and savor the deliciousness of this extraordinary dish!