Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Fave food...

My list of favourite foods is slim: Sushi, Pizza and Poutine! But living south of the border, it is difficult to find the good stuff. Luckily there are a few Canadian eateries that keep this craving at bay, even a food truck, Frysmyth that offers the original Poutine as an off menu option.
But, today I wish I were back in Canada for Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto (a much contested location for the event).  This contest, similar to Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, gave poutine eaters 10 minutes to scarf down as much of the cheese curd and gravy covered french fries deliciousness that they could. Once this feat was accomplished the winner, aside from walking away with a belly full of goodness, also got $1,500 in prize money, a win-win in my book.  
The Original Poutine
Many thought that because the delicacy was first made in Quebec that it should not be held outside the province, but due the demanding rules and regulations of the Quebec government, many national contests simply exclude the province.

As in many stories of invention, there are many theories on who first came up with it.  Stories stem from the late 1950s somewhere in rural Quebec, Canada, including Drummondville, Victoriaville or Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. CBC.com - Greatest Canadian Invention list Poutine #1, created by Fernand Lachance as he hurried to prepare an order of fries and cheese curds. He threw them all in paper bag saying "ça va faire une maudite poutine" ("That's going to make a damn mess"). Later in another restaurant, the owner noticed that his customers were adding cheese curdes to his french fries and gravy, so he just added the dish to the menu. Regardless of its origin, it is a tasty treat that migrated across the border to New York and New Jersey in the 1970s, where it was sometimes called "disco fries".
Rajas Fries
If I have now piqued your interest in poutine and you live in the L.A. area, you will love this tasty news.  On May 25th  Frysmith is opening up the truck for an all-you-can-eat night at The Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Rd in Glassell Park.  $9.99 plus tax and plenty of beer to wash 'em down from 6:30p-9:30p.

 If you cannot make it to the all day feast, try making it home.  You can always do a search, or try this simple recipe.  I have not tried it yet, but will report as soon as I do!

You'll need:
French Fries (cooked however you choose)
1 can beef gravy (Poutine sauce)
2 cups cheese curds
Once the fries are cooked, place them on a serving platter, and sprinkle the cheese over them. Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese, and serve immediately!  Enjoy!

Stay hungry my friend!