Ranked one of the top ten Canadian innovations of all time, Poutine, pronounced “peu-tin” by true Québécois is a must-have when in Montreal.
While there are several variations on this classic dish, nothing beats the original recipe: a base of fresh, crisp, and, most importantly, piping hot French fries. From there, white cheddar cheese curds -that have a distinctive “squeak” when bitten in to- are piled high as they await the light, smooth, brown gravy finish.
Poutine loosely translates to the word, “mess.” As legend has it, Poutine was created in 1957 by a Canadian trucker who wanted fries and cheese. The chef at the time yelled, “It will make a (insert expletive here) mess,” and napkins have been grateful ever since. Gravy was added a little later on in order to keep the fries and cheese warm for trucker’s long hauls. Now, it serves as a signature must-try dish in Montreal. Not a bad deal, eh?