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I couldn't find the thread where we'd originally talked about poutine so that I could add:

Trader Joe's now carries poutine in the frozen food section. According to Serious Eats, it stacks up well to fresh. Not having had *any* poutine before, I did the sensible thing and bought a bag... crispy fries with beef gravy and salty cheese curds. Yes, please. My heart would explode if I ate it with any regularity, but it was very tasty!

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Technically the search feature blows. Just sayin'.

Our forum system is a grumpy bunny (you all may have noticed that buttons disappear with alarming regularity) but all the migration options are terrifying. We have nothing to fear but migration options.

 

Back to topic, there's a Trader Joe's between my current location and my home. This frozen poutine intrigues me. Were the fries really crispy out of a bag?

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Toger said
I couldn't find the thread where we'd originally talked about poutine so that I could add:

Trader Joe's now carries poutine in the frozen food section. According to Serious Eats, it stacks up well to fresh. Not having had *any* poutine before, I did the sensible thing and bought a bag... crispy fries with beef gravy and salty cheese curds. Yes, please. My heart would explode if I ate it with any regularity, but it was very tasty!

Poutine is the bee's knees isn't it? So bad for you but oooh, so good.

 

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'Pike,

You must bake said frozen fries, so you control the crispness. The gravy and cheese curds are unfrozen in simmering water while the fries bake. It's stupid good... and salty. I could eat just the cheese curds alone.

And I stand corrected, the search feature blows.

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Thanks for the notice. I'm picking some up tomorrow. tongue

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Report back, Pokey. We must spread the love that is poutine. lol

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Found this review online. Guess the cheese curds squeak like they are supposed to.

 

http://www.seriouseats.com/201.....esome.html

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Hooray! I have an appointment in town and my return voyage will take me DIRECTLY PAST THE TRADER JOE'S. I would've stopped yesterday but it was 5:15 and there was snow and cold and that route gets traffick-y and I didn't want to die in the ice world just for poutine, though that's a good thing to die for if you're going to die for something.

Today, I eat Trader Joe's Poutine for dinner. It's a complete meal!

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That's the review that convinced me to scurry off to Trader Joe's (there's one two blocks from our office).

Be careful warming up the cheese curds... I was in another room and distracted (Zelda), so by the time I came back everything was ready but I'd over warmed the curds and they were on their way to becoming one melty mass o' cheese. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't the effect I was after. tongue I was still able to separate the cheese mass into smaller, individual melty masses but I got no squeakage.

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I'm guessing the paleos/primals would give it the thumbs up.  Just use some good frying oil. beerchug

 

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Bless you all. Bless all of your hearts times a thousand.

Being a bit more advanced in Canada, I don't have to go to the grocery store to buy ingredients; rather I'll stroll over to one of my handy Smoke's Poutinerie locations (which are many). Once you acquire a taste for "traditional" poutine you can advance to the next level, which of course means additional toppings.

Check out the crazy wonderful menu of Smoke's (and read the history while you're at it): http://smokespoutinerie.com/Menu.aspx

I've rarely had a lousy poutine there (though the Chicken Curry was underwhelming, and I love curry); I'd say the King of All Poutines is the one that keeps it simple: Bacon. Though Hogtown is delightful if you're in the mood for 'shrooms and onions to go with it.

 

Re: the health concerns of poutine, is it not true that the leading cause of death is, in fact, being born? While we are here we shall live to the fullest. The Glorious, Curdy Fullest.

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Poutine with... bacon?!!

I need to move to Canada. Now.

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Mmmm....bacon.

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I prepared half the package for lunch today. It was pretty good, though I would love to try some from a shop or truck in Canada. The cheese curds did squeak!

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It bothers me that it never occurred to us to adopt poutine. Canada's right there. The ingredients are known to us. We have states devoted to the potato and the cheese curd. Hell, to gravy too, if you're on board with the idea that Texas makes cows and gravy is really just liquid cow. How did we miss the boat on this?

Bacon would be the perfect polishing compound for poutine (also: poutinery?! we need those too, if only for the word). Simple, yet miraculous. There's little bacon does not improve.

I've been thwarted all week in my attempts to get to Trader Joe's. Anticipation makes the heart grow fonder, though I guess it also keeps the arteries clear.

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Up here in the frozen tundra of MN (which borders on the more frozen Canada),  there are a bunch of places in the Twin Cities that have poutine -- mostly bars but I saw some upsale restaurants on the list.   And it is a staple at the MN State Fair.   I have never had it but I am three block from a Trader Joes and will try to remedy this situation soon.   Steerpike,  I bet you can get poutine all over the UP.

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You're probably right, Kay. Much of SE Michigan is physically closer to Canada than parts of the UP, but it has a much more Canadian vibe to it. I'm glad to hear that at least parts of the northern midwest have adopted this fine idea from our neighbors to the north.

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What's UP?

That link to Smoke's Poutinerie made me very hungry xtal. I want to visit now.

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Upper Peninsula, the secret northern section of Michigan. It's very rural and has bears. Kay's right though, I bet they're awash in poutine. No one goes to the UP though, except UPers (pronounced "Yoopers," referring to those who live there). 

 

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I just made another poutine sighting.   In an article in the Chicago Tribune about Pittsburgh as a gem  of a small city,  the writer said this............

>>A social and culinary invigoration is afoot in her  city. On Butler Street, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, there's Franktuary, a gourmet hot dog place whose offerings include  wild-caught salmon sausages and four kinds of poutine. <<

 

I think poutine is on the march, quietly infiltrating place after place.   kay

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