Poutine is only as good as its three components—fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. Getting all of them just right can take time, including making your own stock, from-scratch fries, and homemade cheese curds. For a much quicker, yet still incredibly delicious, version, take our lead by making gravy with doctored store-bought stock and one of several fries and cheese options.
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A perfect poutine is a trifecta of the best of its three ingredients—fries with a crisp exterior and soft interior, fresh and soft squeaky cheese curds, and a beefy brown gravy that's just flavorful enough without overwhelming the fries or curds. Getting each piece of the puzzle together for an ultimate version like this takes some time, but once complete, the reward is so good you'll go gaga even if you're totally sober.
There's a lot to love about poutine, the Canadian dish of brown gravy- and cheese curd-topped fries. But it's not exactly a good finger food at a party, unless you like the idea of dozens of gravy-coated fingers being wiped on the couch. Well, we'd like to introduce the solution to that problem: the Poutine Popper.
Chicken-fried steak, at its worst, is an overcooked slab of tough beef coated in a greasy deep-fried coating made soggy by a gluey bland gravy. At its best, it's juicy and tender, rich with beef flavor, and coated in a crispy, crunchy shell that retains its bite even when doused with a flavorful, black pepper-spiked sauce. This recipe will get you the better of those two results.
Ever wonder why there isn't a chicken-fried chicken alternative to chicken-fried steak? Turns out it exists, and it's called Maryland fried chicken. Shallow fried with a simple dredging of seasoned flour until golden, then topped with a white gravy made in the skillet after frying, this is a version of fried chicken you need to know about.
Slices of turkey on top of a crisp stuffing waffle, all covered with a cheesy gravy sauce that gets broiled until browned and bubbly before being topped off with a fried egg. This is the stuff morning-after-Thanksgiving dreams are made of.
A basic gravy gets a mellow mustard bite that goes incredibly well with roast or smoked turkey.
The simple addition addition of apple cider gives this gravy a slight tartness and light fruity flavor.
This basic turkey gravy gets a hefty amount of heavy cream right at the end, followed by a mixture of fresh herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary.
Turkey gravy is infused with wine, giving it a slightly dry character with mild fruitiness and a light bite from shallots.
Dried porcini mushrooms soaked in turkey stock give this gravy a great earthy depth.
The traditional Thanksgiving gravy made with drippings from the bird, for a sauce that's pure turkey gold.
A mashup of traditional Thanksgiving and Hanukkah flavors in honor of the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of the two holidays. These deep fried balls of stuffing have a crisp potato and onion coating and a liquid cranberry core, served with turkey schmaltz gravy.
What happens when a plate of poutine and a hamburger go off in the corner to do something naughty? Deliciousness ensues, that's what.
In our third week of Marmaggedon, we bring you a marmed-up version of the classic roast chicken legs. In this version the legs get wrapped in bacon, and then coated in a mixture of Marmite, chicken stock and brown sugar.
A creamy gravy flavored with ramps, perfect for biscuits or mashed potatoes.
If you're looking for something a little different to dress up biscuits, pork chops, or the like, this slightly sweet and tart variation on Southern white gravy is definitely worth a try.
With these chicken-fried steak nuggets, you still satisfy your chicken-fried cravings, but without all the fuss or worry of what you'll be eating alongside the battered steak. Instead, just crack open a beer and enjoy everything you love about chicken-fried steak (the crispy and tender meat, and the creamy gravy)—but in nugget form.
A satisfying thick, hearty, and meaty gravy that only requires sausage, flour, milk, and a watchful eye to make right every time.
Bangers and mash are a public house classic, some fatty sausages with buttery potatoes perfect for soaking up an afternoon's worth of ale