Yam Poutine Topped With Maple Glazed Bacon
A Purely Canadian Recipe With A Twist Of My Own
One of my families absolute most favorite classic Canadian comfort foods to eat is Poutine, a dish consisting of crispy french fried potatoes, topped with crumbled white cheddar cheese curds and then smothered in piping hot gravy. Mmmm...fries, gravy and gooey melted cheese! Yummy!
Since I am always looking for fun ways to mix things up a little, I decided to incorporate maple glazed bacon, two more iconic Canadian foods, into the dish, while substituting yams for the white potatoes. My daughter LOVES yams and would eat them every single day if I let her. We often joke that she is going to start looking like a yam (her other favorite food is brussels sprouts. Weird kid, eh?).
I came up with the recipe, Yam Poutine Fries Topped With Maple Glazed Bacon, for my own unique twist on a traditional Canadian dish. Pure maple syrup, crispy bacon and cheesy poutine...you can't get much more Canadian than that!
What Is Poutine?
Poutine is a classic Canadian dish originating from Quebec, Canada during the 1950's, traditionally consisting of french fries, cheese curds and spicy gravy.
It can be found served in restaurants ranging from fast food chains, street vendors, 'greasy spoon' diners, family restaurants to fine dining establishments, with many of them putting their own unique spin on the traditional dish.
Some of the best poutine I have ever eaten has been off a food truck and from a small town roadside diner.
- 2 large yams
- 1 cup fresh cheddar cheese curds
- 2 cups prepared brown gravy
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tbsp 100% pure Canadian maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
- Salt & pepper
- Prepare The Gravy
- 1. Prepare the gravy according to the package directions or use 2 cups of your own favorite homemade gravy.
- Prepare The Maple Glazed Bacon
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
- 2. Line a deep baking dish with tinfoil or parchment paper and place a metal wire rack on top.
- 3. Place the strips of bacon on the rack and brush them with half the maple syrup.
- 4. Place the bacon in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is starting to brown.
- 5. Turn the bacon slices over and brush the other side with the remaining syrup.
- 6. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the bacon is crisped and cooked to your liking.
- Prepare The Yam Fries
- 1. Place your oven rack on the top middle shelf and preheat the oven to 450F.
- 2. Peel and slice the yams into 1/4" to 1/2" strips.
- 3. Place the yams in a mixing bowl and toss with the oil, salt and pepper until coated.
- 4. Spread the yams evenly over two baking sheets and place them side by side in the oven.
- 5. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the fries over and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until the yams are lightly browned and soft to touch.
- Put It All Together
- 1. Equally divide the yam fries onto 4 serving plates.
- 2. Top each portion with 1/4 cup cheese curds, 1/2 cup gravy and one slice of chopped maple glazed bacon.
Pure Maple Syrup Straight From Canada's Own Maple Trees Is A Sweet Canadian Delicacy
Ingredients You Will Need To Prepare The Maple Glazed Bacon
Prepare The Bacon For Cooking
Line a baking pan with parchment paper or tin foil and place a metal wire rack on top. I like to use a deep pan to avoid the grease from splashing or spilling over into the oven.
Place 4 strips of bacon across the wire rack and brush the tops with half the maple syrup. I use 1 piece of bacon per serving of poutine, but feel free to throw caution to the wind, and add an extra slice or two! You will need about 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup per slice of bacon.
Put the pan in a 400F preheated oven and allow to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon begins to brown. Remove from the oven and turn the bacon over. Brush the tops of the bacon with the remaining maple syrup and return to the oven.
Continue cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the bacon is nicely browned and crisped to your liking. You will need to watch the bacon carefully during the second half, because the sugars from the maple syrup can burn quickly.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes before touching. Bacon grease is hot, but sugary candied bacon grease is even hotter, so be careful!
Chop the bacon slices up into bite pieces and set aside.
Canadians Sure Do Love Their Bacon!
Did you know that according to a survey by Maple Leafs Foods, 43% of Canadians would choose sizzling hot bacon over sex? Crazy eh?
Ingredients You Will Need To Make Yam Fries
Prepare The Yams For Cooking
Peel the skins from the yams and discard or toss in your compost. Cut the yams into 1/4" to 1/2" matchstick slices, depending on your preference, just make sure to try to keep them uniform in size to ensure an even cooking time.
Place the yams in a bowl and toss with the canola oil and a little salt and pepper to season.
Divide the seasoned yams between two baking sheets and spread them out evenly. Leave a little space between each fry to avoid them from steaming too much while they are cooking and to crisp them up as much as possible. Yams contain a lot of water and sugar, so they do not "crisp up" like a white potato french fry does.
To prevent the yams from burning when their natural sugars begin to caramelize, place the yams in a preheated 450F oven on the top middle rack or in the top 1/3 of your oven. Cooking them higher up in your oven will keep the yams from cooking too quickly and burning. I like a little "blackening" on the edges of my yams, but not too much. They taste so sweet and smoky at the same time!
Cook the yams for 10 minutes, or until they are just starting to brown, and then turn the fries over. Continue cooking for approximately another 10 minutes, or until the yams are tender and lightly browned.
I Say Yams, You Say Sweet Potato!
What Do YOU Say?
Prepare The Gravy According To The Package Directions Or Heat Up A Batch Of Your Own Gravy While The Yams Are Cooking
When I make homemade gravy, I always make extra to freeze, but for when I don't have any, I like having these little packages of gravy mix in my cupboard.
Putting It All Together!