poutine

noun
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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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 Uneeda’s fries are a paragon of the golden-crisp, potatoey-tasting, mid-gauge style (skip the poutine, as the gravy is lackluster). Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 On the menu: Bites like dirty chips and poutine fries. Greens like pork belly Cobb and Caprese. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Add beans and slaw and they are called BBQ Machos, or sub fries for chips, poutine style, and they are called Soul Potatoes. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Nashville's destination dry ribs," 22 Feb. 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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