Poutine: french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. For those who don’t know, poutine is a Canadian classic. While once upon a time, poutine could only be found in Quebec, this delicious ooey gooey dish can pretty much be found all over the globe nowadays. And really, it’s not too much of a surprise. After all, fries + gravy + cheese = amazingness.
Because the dish has become all too common, poutine fanciers are no longer satisfied with the classic rendition of this dish. Restaurants and amateur cooks around the world have taken to making poutine in a variety of different ways. And believe me, these different ways go well beyond toppings, and instead enter the realm of food hybrids.
Whether you're a poutine purist who will cry over what you consider to be the bastardization of a proud, Quebecois tradition, or a fusion, food hybrid-lovin' foodie, this list of the most extreme renditions of poutine is bound to shock you!
10 Deep-Fried Poutine
As if poutine wasn't unhealthy enough, some have taken to deep frying it and creating deep-fried balls of poutine. I'm sure they taste okay, but if regular poutine won't clog your arteries, this certainly will!
9 Poutine Burrito
Lovers of Mexican food and French-Canadian specialties, rejoice! This hybrid poutine burrito is your perfect meal. French fries, gravy, cheese curds, and beef stuffed inside a warm tortilla may just be the next big food trend.
8 Poutine Pizza
Once again, is the world trying to make everything unhealthier? Introduced by Pizza Hut in Canada, this poutine pizza is just that: a traditional cheese & tomato sauce pizza topped with french fries, more cheese in the form of curds, and drizzled with gravy.
7 Poutine Burger
Oh my goodness! So in addition to two hamburger patties and loads of cheese, this monstrous burger has added a thick layer of poutine. One logistical question: how would someone be able to pick this up with their hands?
6 Poutine Grilled Cheese
Your favourite comfort food just got a whole lot comfier. These stacked grilled cheeses are literally oozing. Sort of like a hot turkey sandwich but minus the turkey...
5 Gnocchi Poutine
Definitely the classiest dish on this list, this gnocchi poutine is topped with cheese curds, gravy, and of course, each piece of gnocchi is stuffed with potato in lieu of french fries. Interesting...
4 Ramen Poutine
So many food trends in one picture! Some evil genius out there has created the ramen poutine, which is pretty much exactly what you might have guessed. Ramen "french fries," heaps of gravy, cheese curds, and a little beef and green onion to top it off.
3 Poutine Tornado
I'm not sure the word tornado should be included in the name of any food, but I must admit, I am intrigued. This Poutine Tornado is essentially a giant baked potato with a spiral cut through it, allowing it to be stuffed with all of your poutine favourites.
2 Poutine Waffle
I'm not sure this could ever replace fried chicken and waffles, but I guess we'll find out! This Poutine Waffle is a waffle made out of french fries and topped with – you guessed it – gravy and cheese curds. I'm not sure this would be great in the morning but perhaps in a "breakfast for dinner" type scenario.
1 Poutine Pie with a Bacon Crust
This is truly outrageous and honestly makes me a feel a bit sick when I look at it. This "pie" is made with a bacon strip pie crust and a poutine filling. I definitely do not want to know how many calories are in a slice of this monstrosity.