Since I have been to Canada many times throughout my life time, I was ALREADY A HUGE LOVER of cheese curds, a major ingredient in Poutine, a major delicacy in Canada. Every time I visited Canada, one of my family members would have to make a trip to the store just to get me my cheese curds. (My grandfather especially loved to be prepared when his Grandchildren, (3 out of 9) that lived in the United States came to visit.) AND NOW, they have created a dish that calls for these yummy cheese curds. Some people, I have heard, have already tried Poutine. I have read that it is a delicacy my distant cousin, Justin Bieber, enjoys, when he goes back to Canada. I have also heard that comedian Jeff Davis has had this Canadian delicacy, on a trip to Canada.
This Canadian dish is DELICIOUS, and has since become a tradition. It is better with cheese curds. (but you can use regular shredded mozzarella cheese if curds aren't available in your area). For something a little different use spaghetti sauce instead of gravy. Recipe calls for canned gravy but homemade leftover gravy is SO MUCH better. Also, you can use store bought French fries and make them as directed on the package. YUMMY!!!
How many of you have tried Poutine?
I am sure that many have heard that Burger King has since moved their offices from the United States to Canada. (This was right around the time when they were putting a Burger King into our Wal-Mart.) Look what they are advertising in Canada.
I want to try one!!
Poutine may not have much nutritional value, but what does when you are on vacation to another country?
French fries also tend to be a comfort food, and cheese is AMAZING!!
French Canadian Tourtiere (Meat Pie)
This French Canadian dish was, traditionally, made around Christmastime. (The feast is an old tradition from France called reveillon, and this tourtiere "meat pie" was the center of the reveillon.) My parents still make it to this day. Since my father's retirement, he has also gotten his hands dirty to make this dish, as it is one of his favorites. Whenever my father would go and visit my mother's parents, his mother-in-law (my maternal grandmother) would always make him a meat pie. However, my maternal Grandmother passed away November 2011, so if my father wants a meat pie, he has to help make them now.
- 1 pound lean ground pork
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
Preparation takes about 40 minutes. It is ready in about 2 hours.
- In a saucepan, combine pork, beef, onion, garlic, water, salt, thyme, sage, black pepper and cloves. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils; stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meat is cooked, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Spoon the meat mixture into the pie crust. Place top crust on top of pie and pinch edges to seal. Cut slits in top crust so steam can escape. Cover edges of pie with strips of aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes; remove foil and return to oven. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.
Thanks so much Canada for our beloved history of cheese curds. I cannot wait to rendezvous again. When we do, maybe many new variations of poutine would have been created. Bacon? BBQ pulled pork?
Furthermore, the French Canadian tradition of meat pie. Meat pie is the ONLY thing I eat with ketchup. No ketchup on my French fries, burgers, NOTHING, but my meat pie will ALWAYS have ketchup. Yummy.