Week 5: Canadian Poutine

poutine
This week’s dish.
tarts
Photo from: http://www.bakingobsession.com/2008/06/25/canadian-butter-tarts/
beaver-tail
Photo from: http://blogs.smus.bc.ca/review/2012/02/03/outdoor-education-offers-beaver-tails-and-snow-flurries/#.VJHjXlpH0wQ
pie
Photo from: http://jbeancuisine.com/2011/03/22/whats-baking-traditional-tourtiere-french-canadian-meat-pie/

Bonjour! This weeks cultural food is poutine, which is probably the country’s most outlandish. If you do not know what this dish is, this French-Candian classic consists of french fries, topped with light brown gravy and cheese curds. There are many forms of this dish, like jerk chicken poutine, cheeseburger poutine, Italian poutine, you name it! Canadian restaurant’s with French fries on their menu will often offer poutine such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, New York Fries, and my favourite Smoke’s Poutinery. Canadian poutine is actually very similar to American disco fries, but the two can be be distinguished from each other.  Together the three elements seem to make a odd combination, but when the steaming fries and gravy melt the cheese, you will be drawn to eat more than you think. I myself, enjoy having poutine especially on a cold day because the warm gravy really helps ease the cold winter days.

Even though this is a really tasty dish, not all tasty dishes are healthy. A small serving of poutine would be about 710 calories and 38 grams of fat, which is why some people see this as a junk food. As you can tell, there are not many health benefits to eating poutine. The high-fat food holds a very unique appeal and is not for the faint of heart. For those who are watching their waistlines, it is okay for have it once in a while or not at all.

There are not a lot of Canadian foods that are recognized, which is why we are proud of our poutine; it is one of the most reputed dishes in our country. Today I would like to recommend some Canadian foods thatI honestly love that are well known, but some of them are usually not made at home. The foods will be listed down below:

http://www.beavertailsinc.com

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/meat-pie-tourtiere/

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/baking_and_desserts/best_butter_tarts.php

Like always, thank you for reading! Please feel free to comment down below what your favourite cultural food is, and what cultural food you would like me to try and review next.

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