There’s a little poutine place called La Belle Patate on Davie Street in Vancouver and every time I walk past it I have to resist the urge to go in for a huge portion of their delicious fries with gravy and melted squeaky cheese. They don’t just have traditional poutine but lots of add-ons like Montreal smoked meat, bacon, and jalapeno peppers just to name a few.
Today I almost went in, the urge was strong, but instead I thought, why not make my own fancy poutine? The grocery store was only a few feet away. I picked up a bag of frozen fries (I had thought about making them from scratch but that would just take longer and I was STARVING), canned gravy, shredded mozzarella cheese (sadly the store did not have cheese curds), and a package of bacon. And once I got home Jay suggested I add some of the dried mixed mushrooms his parents gave us this weekend. These mushrooms come from places like Chile, Serbia, and Montevideo and then packaged in France and then shipped to the Costcos of North America – crazy! After cooking the bacon I sauteed half an onion and the already soaked and boiled mushrooms together in the bacon grease and once the fries and gravy were ready I put it all together and congratulated myself on my decision to make my own yummy poutine.