“Poutine is like god’s gift to the world. It’s beautiful in a box, it’s poetry. It’s gravy dripping down the fries. It’s the squeakiness of the curds like two balloons making out,” says Smoke’s Poutinerie founder Ryan Smolkin.
So what’s the secret to great poutine? According to Smolkin, it’s all in the quality of the three main ingredients: french fries, cheese curds and gravy. Smoke’s suggests golden, crispy fries, the squeakiest of cheese curds and a chicken-based gravy.
If you’re a meat lover, a three-ingredient poutine may not curb your appetite. Worry not, as practically any meat can serve as a perfect topping for poutine.
“Now, depending on where you are in the country, your poutine could be topped with butter chicken in B.C., to sliced Alberta beef, or even lobster on the East Coast,” says Lenore Newman, author of cookbook A Canadian Culinary Journey.
“It’s a nice way to describe Canadian cuisine – we dress it up to meet our region,”
Smoke Poutinerie’s goal is to make poutine known worldwide. With 200 locations in North America, the company wants to expand its business to other areas of the world, raising the profile of poutine worldwide.
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