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Spicy Poutine

Spicy Poutine


4 portions

Ingredients

Fries

  • 8 Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and unpeeled, cut into sticks
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Spices

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) smoked paprika
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) salt
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp.) cayenne pepper
  • 450 g (1 lb) cheese curds

Sauce

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 500 ml (2 cups) demi-glace sauce, home-made or store-bought
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) butter, cut into cubes
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

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  • In a bowl, submerge the potato sticks in cold water to avoid browning. Set aside.
  • Combine together the smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Coat the cheese curds with the spice mix. Set aside.
  • For the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the demi-glace sauce and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Add the cubes of butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • While waiting for the sauce to thicken, heat the oil in the deep fryer to 340˚F (170˚C). Blanch the fries by lowering them into the oil for about 5 minutes. After removing them from the deep fryer, allow the oil to drip off.
  • Raise the temperature of the deep fryer to 350˚F (180˚C). Again, lower the fries into the oil and fry for 2 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy. Transfer them onto a paper towel to remove excess oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Just before serving, garnish the fries with the spiced curd cheese and pour the sauce over top. Serve.

Tip

  • Cooking the fries twice makes them soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Accompaniments

Aromatic and supple

These medium-bodied wines offer supple tannins that of ten carry a certain roundness. They are usually dominated by aromas of ripened fruit or woody notes (toast, coffee or vanilla).

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