Poutine at the Minnesota State Fair. NOM NOM NOMPosted: August 17, 2012
Here in The Land Of 10,000 Lutefisk. And surprisingly, amazingly, not “on a stick” either. Incredible.
Poutine is a mind-boggling combination of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy. A Canadian invention, poutine was created in Québec and its popularity has spread across the land. On occasion, if you’re lucky, you can find poutine in the USA. Since I live on the Ontario/Québec border, poutine is as ubiquitous at chip stands and restaurants as burgers and hot dogs.
– From the blog “The Poutine Chronicles“
I’ve gone on about poutine here before (at the very end of the posting). Once I even wondered if it was my life’s calling. It’s been called “the ultimate geek food” and “the ultimate hangover remedy.” Poutine is one of the simplest, yet greatest combination of food ingredients ever devised by human hands. (Personally I might not try a poutine made by non-human hands. Unless I was very, very hungry.)
Upon my return from Cape Breton I tried to recreate the poutine I enjoyed there. After dedicated trial and error, I think I perfected a poutine gravy. It’s chicken stock-based, not beef like many places offer. (Drop me a line and I may share it.) The secret is VERY HOT gravy, VERY HOT french fries, and VERY FRESH cheese curds that squeak between your teeth when you bite into them. Curds made the very same day are the best possible option.
But now Duke’s Poutine offers their fine product at area gatherings, including the Great Minnesota Get-Together. From their website:
Duke’s Poutine, established 2010, is a family-owned concession stand serving Québec-style poutine at fairs and events around Minnesota. Most of our events are within – or are just a short drive from – the Twin Cities metro.
Why couldn’t I have thought of this?! I may have to go to the fair this year, for the first time in two decades. (There was a State Fair-related trauma. I don’t like to burden my friends with it. *shudder* ) Maybe share notes with Duke, if he’s around. A full poutine review will follow.
UPDATE: My review is here.