pou·​tine | \ pü-ˈtēn How to pronounce poutine (audio) \

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.

Examples of poutine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, the restaurant serves poutine, Montreal’s contribution to bar food, which is French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds ($6). Eric Velasco, al, "Mile End brings Jewish-deli favorites to Birmingham," 22 Oct. 2019 The stall’s pièce de résistance, poutine (proper fries, pillowy cheese curds and gravy) is available in 11 formations. David Farkas, cleveland, "An eater’s guide to Van Aken Market Hall in Shaker Heights," 12 Dec. 2019 And although poutine hails from Canada, the Quebec staple has its own section. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 great Irish pubs in metro Phoenix," 28 Feb. 2020 Tal and Koules expect that diners will love the charred greens and feta flatbread, buffalo cauliflower, nachos and a true Cali-Canada mashup: vegan poutine. Stacy Suaya, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meghan Markle’s Go-To Toronto Eatery Opens First U.S. Location in L.A.," 30 Sep. 2019 Then there's the poutine with lobster and shrimp scramble, duck-fat fried herb potatoes, American Asiago cheese and brown butter hollandaise. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 10 new breakfast and brunch restaurants to try in metro Phoenix," 5 Feb. 2020 The trucks will sell $2 samples of everything from poutine and tacos to barbecue and lobster rolls. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the 2020 Street Eats Food Truck Festival rolls into Salt River Fields," 30 Jan. 2020 Refuel for lunch at Grasshopper Pub, overlooking the marina, where the butter chicken poutine marries east and west in a most delicious way. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A British Columbia Road Trip With Forest Views and Craft Brews," 26 Feb. 2020 Plain or primped up with poutine fixings, these fries are highly addictive. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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“Poutine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poutine. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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