This Bacon Poutine Recipe is a plate of seasoned fries loaded with gravy, mozzarella cheese, cheese curds, and bacon that is sure to satisfy those late-night, or anytime, cravings! For other plates of loaded fries, try my Loaded Cheese Fries or French Onion Cheesy Fries.
What is Poutine?
Poutine is a dish that originated in Quebec, the Canadian Province. The idea started when a customer at a restaurant asked for his cheese curds to be added to his bag of fries. And eventually, the gravy was added to these two ingredients on a plate to keep them warm. From there, more ingredients have been added or substituted (like crispy bacon). But, no matter how you pile all the ingredients, it remains a hearty and greasy comfort food. After all, poutine is slang for ‘mess’, and you can’t be afraid to get a little messy when you dig into this savory dish!
Cheese vs. Cheese Curds
What is the difference between cheese and cheese curds, you may wonder? Well, if you are not from the midwest, where cheese curds are almost a staple at fairs and bars, it is understandable you may be wondering about the difference.
When milk is heated up, it curdles. This takes place about halfway through the milk to the cheese process. The curds are the pieces of cheddar cheese (white or orange) that don’t make it into the mold and allowed to age and form (which are the flavorful blocks of cheese you buy at the grocery store). A little salt is added to the curds to make it a squeaky snack. Because of this, cheese curds are only fresh for about a day and can be hard to find other than cheese factories. If you want fried cheese curds, try my cheese curds recipe!
Assembling the Bacon Poutine Recipe
With the fries baked, bacon cooked, and gravy ready to go, it’s time to get all the ingredients piled high! But, don’t turn off the oven just yet. Once the fries are done baking, take them out of the oven. Add the cheese curds, gravy, mozzarella cheese, and bacon pieces on top of the fries and put it all back into the oven to bake for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts. You can also broil it until the cheese melts as well. Dig in and enjoy!
Bacon Poutine Recipe
- 1 bag (28 ounces) frozen seasoned fries, baked per package instructions
- 5 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 cups white cheddar cheese curds
- Bake seasoned fries per package instructions.
- While fries are baking, add chopped bacon to a medium skillet and heat over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In the same pan (don't wipe out bacon grease), add the shallots, stirring until soft.
- Add garlic and cook for one minute.
- Add flour, stirring constantly, until the flour becomes a golden color.
- Slowly pour in the chicken broth, continuing to stir constantly. Add the salt, pepper, and Worchestershire sauce and continue stirring until the gravy thickens (3-5 minutes) and comes to a simmer.
- Top the baked fries with cheese curds, gravy, mozzarella cheese, and cooked bacon pieces. Transfer the fries back into the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
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