How to Make Poutine at Home (Americanized version)

Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Are you wondering how to make poutine at home? Learn how to make this poutine recipe with frozen French fries and a few simple pantry staples.

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How to make poutine at home

How to Make Poutine at Home

The one thing that everyone can agree on in my home is that they love French fries. How we all enjoy them is an entirely different thing.

When I grew up, French fries must be served with ketchup and salt. There was no other way to eat them.  When I got married and moved to northern Vermont, I learned that many Vermonters enjoy vinegar and salt on their French fries.

That’s where the salt & vinegar potato chip fad comes from.  My husband is not a fan of ketchup and adds only salt to his French fries. My daughter enjoys dipping hers in mayonnaise and my son will eat them just about any way I serve them.

a bowl of French Fries

Canadian Poutine

Since Vermont is so close to Canada, I have heard a lot about the Canadian custom of eating poutine.  Poutine is basically French fries served with cheese curds and gravy.  Since I could not find a restaurant that served poutine, I decided to learn how to make poutine at home.  

One of the first challenges I came across was that I couldn’t find cheese curds in our store. Maybe you will have better luck.  I did a bit of research and learned that I could substitute grated mozzarella instead of the cheese curds.  Here is my Americanized version of how to make poutine at home.

How to make poutine at home

Our French fry of choice is the McCain Straight Cut French Fry.  A close second are the Smiles…. OK they’re my favorite hands down just for the cuteness factor.  

Yield: 3

How to Make Poutine at Home (Americanized version)

How to make poutine at home

Are you wondering how to make poutine at home? Learn how to make this poutine recipe with frozen French fries and a few simple pantry staples.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes


  • 1 pkg of McCain 5 Minute French Fries
  • 1 can of brown/beef gravy
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. The French fries for traditional poutine should be fried. To help reduce the calories a tiny bit, I baked ours.
  2. Bake French fries according to package directions.
  3. Warm the gravy in a pan.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  5. Pour over the gravey.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 626Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1008mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g

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13 thoughts on “How to Make Poutine at Home (Americanized version)”

  1. No, no, no - not poutine! I know as a Montrealer that we're supposed to be the king of that stuff. But it's really gross, vile stuff reserved for tourists. Very fewMontrealers actually eat poutine on a regular basis. But I love fries Ellen :). My dad used to work for McCain.
    • LOL, Frank. I would love to try the real thing some day and play the tourist! I think if I ate it regularly I would be much bigger!
  2. Its a cute attempt at poutine but def not traditional Quebecois Poutine. We use SQUEAKY curds and a poutine gravy which is not quite a brown beef gravy but has a slightly different flavor and consistency. The squeaky curds are even hard to find in Canada outside of Quebec, but if you can get curds, there is noooooooooooo other way.....I love them with brown gravy, so this is a perfect substitute.....also add MALT VINEGAR. The Vinegar on fries in Vermont is def a trade down from Canada and the British we use multiple vinegars of fries dependant on how we eat them. Although a great quick way of making "mock" poutine, even if you don't like it, I URGE you to try REAL quebecois poutine if you ever get a chance!
    • I would love to try real poutine some day. Sadly there are no restaurants around me & I could not find cheese curds so I gave it a try on my own. It was delicious this way too!
  3. I have never heard of that!!! Seems interesting, not sure I would like it--I don't like change, haha. I went through a phase of loving my fries with mayo, but usually just eat them with salt!
  4. I bet that would be good with fried chicken and slaw.  Though I have never heard of poutine before, your version looks and sounds delicious.  Personally don't think I would be too thrilled with the cheese curds.
  5. I stock up on cheese curds when I go home for visits... I've never found them anywhere in the US unless I make them myself... you're right, mozzarella is a pretty good substitute - especially if you crumble it instead of shredding it... we introduced all our US friends to it when we had our Canada Day party a few years ago and a few have adopted the recipe in their homes too...  McCain fries make great Poutine!
  6. I bet my 14 year old would love this! It's going on the grocery list.  We'll serve it as a side to one of the meals from the 40 lbs of chicken I'm about to pick up.

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