pou·​tine | \pü-ˈtēn \

Definition of poutine 

chiefly Canada

: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds

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Although the earliest evidence of the word poutine in an English publication is from 1982, historical accounts of the dish itself date to several decades earlier when someone had the brilliant idea to add rural Quebec's much-loved fresh cheese curds to (also much-loved) French fries. Whether the gravy came a few years later or was present ab ovo is disputed. Also unclear is the origin of the word by which the dish is known. Some assert that poutine is related to the English word pudding, but a more popular etymology is that it's from a Quebecois slang word meaning "mess." The dish has in recent years been making inroads on American menus.

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No night out in Montréal, and no backwoods party at the cabane á sucre is complete without a big steaming pile of poutine. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Tater tot poutine, with white cheddar cheese curds and gravy, from Ward’s House of Prime. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest's new menu items include bacon cannoli, tater tot poutine and 'walking nachos'," 17 May 2018 So one more thing, poutine is delicious, that's not my one more thing. Fox News, "Spoiler alert: Moderates beat back progressives in primaries," 9 Aug. 2018 Polly was a big fan of the shareable poutine appetizer and the polenta cakes with ratatouille. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "3 headlines you missed: Patio pups, the best poutine around and the return of nacho fries," 27 June 2018 The Wellington is open for dinner nightly, serving fried clams, tater tot poutine, steak-and-cheese crepes, and burgers topped with foie gras sauce. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tables: Some big closings in Southie, and welcoming The Wellington," 7 June 2018 From the creators of Tommy Nevin’s, Midnight Pig Tap Room is featuring local beers from Plainfield’s Midnight Pig and others, plus bar food like pork confit poutine, charcuterie boards, warm pretzels, cheese curds and a porchetta sandwich. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "El Santo Taqueria brings LA-style tacos and salads to Albany Park, plus other restaurant news," 23 Apr. 2018 The inventive menu, created with beer pairings in mind, includes starters such as escargot, beer cheese, duck confit nachos and roasted bone marrow, as well as pub fare such as poutine and steak and frites. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 June 2018 To turn around the brand’s image, Tim Hortons has invested in digital integration, experimented with limited rollouts of novel offerings such as poutine doughnuts, and is remodeling restaurants. Jaewon Kang And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Tim Hortons Tests China’s Appetite for Canadian Coffee," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of poutine

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poutine

Canadian French

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