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Southern Poutine Recipe

You are going to love this spin on a classic Canadian staple. Click over and grab this delicious recipe for Southern poutine.

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If you haven’t had poutine, you are missing out.  If you are a poutine lover, then you need to try this southern poutine.  I created this recipe after discovering poutine when my family went on vacation to New England and Quebec, Canada last summer.  It was so delicious and we ordered it as an appetizer every chance we got.

I’m always in the kitchen and working on my meal plan so I added this dish to my list immediately.

southern poutine on a white plate on a grey wooden table, french fries, suasage gravy and shredded chedder cheese

What is poutine?

Poutine is french fries topped with brown gravy and cheddar cheese curds.  It’s pronounced “poo teen”.  The gravy gets mixed in with the fries and then the cheese curds get melty on top!  YUM!

When we got home I wanted to put my spin on this delicious recipe and make it Southern style!  Since I’m southern and live in North Carolina I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

It’s the perfect comfort food all every season.

southern poutine fries on a white plate on a grey wooden table, french fries, suasage gravy and shredded chedder cheese

Southern Poutine Recipe

One of the secrets to poutine is having the French fries super crispy.  It helps keep them from getting soggy too quickly.

You can make your homemade French fries from scratch ( potato wedges ), but who has time for that? I don’t have time to cut up potatoes because I’m busy running from practices, games and helping with homework.

 I take a shortcut and use Grown In Idaho Super Crispy Shoestring Fries that I purchased from Food Lion.  You could also use the Grown in Idaho Super Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries too. It’s the closest grocery store in either direction when you turn out of my neighborhood.  Remember, we are looking for crispy fries for this recipe and these work perfectly.

overhead view of southern poutine fries on a square plate with a small white bowl of orange shredded cheddar cheese and a bag of hand cut fries

You can cook the Grown in Idaho fries in the oven or air fryer.  I normally do mine in the air fryer because they get extra crispy and it’s just easier for me.  I love that I can just give them a shake and they get super crispy.

I’ve made some Southern cheese fries that are to die for and you can check that recipe out here!  These fries are perfect for this recipe too.

hand getting frozen french fries out of the bag to put in an air fryer

Kitchen Tools needed

Wooden Spoons– You can never have too many wooden spoons. I have an entire drawer full and use one almost every day.

Cheese grater– I love this box grater because there are several different blades you can use so it’s perfect for all kinds of recipes.

Ingredients for Southern Poutine Fries

  • Pork Sausage- I usually use mild or hot to give my gravy a little extra flavor.
  • 28 oz Grown in Idaho French fries
  • All purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. I usually don’t cook using a lot of pepper, but this is one recipe that I actually love the pepper taste.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese- You’ll want to make sure to shred this. You can also use mozzarella cheese, but I really like the taste of cheddar cheese with this a little better.
hand grabbing a french fry off a white plate of southern poutine

How to make sausage gravy and fries

Step 1

Preheat the air fryer to 390F for 3 minutes. Add your frozen fries. Cook for 18 minutes or until they are golden brown. Shaking the basket several times.

If you don’t have an air fryer then you can cook your french fries in the oven according to the package instructions.

Step 2

To make poutine gravy, cook pork sausage in a saucepan over medium heat in a pot until done. Breaking up into small pieces. Make sure to use a pot because you’ll be making the gravy and you want to make sure you have enough room.

Step 3

Sprinkle in flour, salt and pepper and stir well. Cook on low/med heat for 3 minutes.

Step 4

Slowly pour in milk 1/2 cup at a time. Stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.

Step 5

Add French fries to a bowl or plate and pour your gravy over the fries and top with shredded cheddar cheese. You can even mix in some mozzerella cheese too.

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Southern Poutine

You are going to love this spin on a classic Canadian staple. Click over and grab this delicious recipe for Southern poutine.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword french fries, gravy, poutine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane

Ingredients

  • 28 oz Grown in Idaho French fries
  • 1 lb ground mild or hot breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer at 390F for 3 minutes. Add french fries. Cook for 18 minutes. Shaking the basket several times.
  • Cook sausage in pot until done. Breaking up into small pieces.
  • Sprinkle in flour, salt and pepper and stir well. Cook on low/med heat for 3 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in milk 1/2 cup at a time. Stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.
  • Add French fries to a bowl or plate, top with gravy and cheese.

Let me know how you like this Southern poutine, especially if you are from New England or Canada!

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