Homemade poutine with chicken fingers

Source: French fries from Fine Cooking #71 (also at FineCooking.com)

I absolutely love poutine, and if there’s one thing that the Montreal Poutine Week has proven, it’s a very versatile dish. I had been a classicist for so long (believing poutine should just be fries, cheese and gravy), but I have since opened up to more creative versions (Montreal smoked meat poutine being a current favourite).

I rarely make poutine at home given that it’s ubiquitous in Montreal diners. But this weekend, I decided it would be fun to have poutine at home.

I turned to my tried and trued recipe for oven french fries, that has you cut russet potatoes into fries, soak them in water, parboil them, then roast them in a hot oven until the outsides are crispy and golden. They never fail.

I purchased fresh cheese curds and St-Hubert poutine sauce. (I was tempted to buy Au Pied de Cochon foie gras poutine sauce, but decided to save that for a different occasion.)

To top it off, I made chicken fingers made from breading sliced chicken thighs with flour, egg, and panko crumbs seasoned with whole mustard seed, cumin and coriander.

The ultimate comfort food!

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