Guinness Poutine for the Soul

French fries and squeaky cheese curds get smothered in a dark Guinness Draught gravy for a poutine that would make any Québécois proud. I think.

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating of curds and whey;
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

We replaced Miss Muffet’s whey with beer-spiked gravy and added a few french fries. It all works out.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this. Making poutine was Ole’s idea. Still, in marriage it’s strange how those possessions and feelings and responsibilities get blurred. One idea is no longer just one person’s brainchild. Instead, an idea can only be fully realized when the two people in the relationship agree and move forward together to accomplish whatever the end goal happens to be.

First, ingredients are set aside, purchases made, and time is carved out of full schedules for the sole purpose of consuming a comfort food associated with pubs, greasy spoons, and food carts. Discussions must be had on the right and proper way to turn beer into gravy, and somewhere you must find common ground.

This dish finds its beginning in Canada, Quebec specifically. ::waves frantically in Aimee‘s direction:: Still, cheese curds are prevalent around these parts, and I can get a plate of poutine in several neighborhood establishments and at the state fair just a short walk from my doorstep each August (as well as fried curds by their lonesome).

Poutine is a textural dish: The mixing of crisp, hot fries and squeaky cheese curds that are melting ever so slightly as a result of pouring the gravy over the top of the whole thing making it creamy and squeaky and crunchy all at once. You can’t separate them and have the same experience, and so for people who take after Sally Albright, I’m sorry, the gravy does not come on the side.

Did you know you can make your own cheese curds? Perfect for those of you who don’t live in dairy country where cheese curds are readily available or when you really want to experience that squeak at its fullest.

For the Guinness Gravy:
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup finely minced onion
2 teaspoons strong Dijon mustard (like Maille)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup chicken stock (can substitute vegetable broth)
1 cup Guinness Draught
salt and pepper to taste
To Serve:
3-4 cups baked or fried french fries
1/2 cup cold white cheese curds

Make the gravy. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent. Stir in the mustard.

Mix 1/4 cup of the stock with the cornstarch. Set aside. Slowly stir in the remaining stock and the Guinness into the onions. Stir in the cornstarch mix and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the gravy comes to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer until it just starts to thicken (poutine gravy should be on the thinner side, but you can always make a thicker gravy with a bit more cornstarch or cooking longer). Season to taste.

Plate hot fries and top with cheese curds. Pour the gravy over the top. Serve immediately.

Makes 3-4 servings poutine.
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  1. Such a stunning poutine! And the Guiness gravy! Woah!

  2. Oh sweet Mamma. Drooling.

  3. I want to lick the plate!

  4. goodness gracious, this looks good.

    and i’m still sad I didn’t get a belt tutorial in California! Next time.

  5. Oh my goodness, Shaina, this is out-of-this-world. I’m drooling over here!

  6. Where could you find the cheese curds?

    • Mikki, cheese curds are best fresh from the dairy. You can make your own (link above), or you can seek them out from a local dairy. Depending on your area, they may also be sold in stores.

  7. Wow I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds fabulous!

  8. OMG! This. Is. Beautiful! Poutine is one of my favorite foods of all time. And Guinness is up there too 😉

  9. Guinness Gravy! Brilliant. You’ll have to excuse this Canuck for not getting wildly excited about the rest of the poutine. It’s good, but it’s the gravy I am excited about here! 🙂

  10. oh these looks just DELICIOUS!!!!

  11. This could easily be on the menu for my last meal ever…what a stunner, Shaina!

    Which reminds me, I passed up poutine for the month of October. Gonna have to get my fix tomorrow.

  12. even at 6:00am I want to devour that plate!! looks amazing Shaina!

  13. I want, I want, I want!

  14. I’ve never had anything like this before – and I love everything in this dish! YUM!

  15. I think I’m in love. I make a poutine with mushroom gravy, but I have to admit, I kind of like your idea better. Holy heck, this looks amazing!

  16. Shaina I could just kiss your face over this one. Holy gluttony!

  17. I wonder what my face would look like RIGHT on that.

  18. Oh wow, that looks amazing!!

  19. Oh, a When Harry Met Sally quote. That warms my heart even more than Guinness gravy.

  20. Oh boy… my husband is going to love this one! Poutine is a BIG deal in Newfoundland, where he grew up. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I have never had anything like this. It sounds So Good! This is why I love food blogs – finding totally new food and tastes. Thanks for sharing this Shaina – I can’t wait to try.

  22. I’ve never had poutine before. Of all the descriptions I’ve seen of it though, yours looks the best. Pass a plate over here, please? 🙂

  23. I’ve never heard of this either… Guess a trip to MN is in order to give it a try!

  24. And now after that description I have to try and make some of those squeaky cheese curds to go with those fries.

  25. I am starving and this looks incredible – that gravy is calling my name.

  26. What the wha!?! Where is the world has this been my whole life. If you just heard a **thunk** that would be my drooling jaw making contact with my desk. AWESOME

  27. Hi, i think that i noticed you visited my website so i got here to return the choose?.I am attempting to find issues to improve my website!I assume its good enough to make use of some of your ideas!!

  28. This gravy is awful. It tastes like blended up children .

  29. Thanks for this recipe! My Boyfriend is a long-term Poutine fan and so am I. Made this for a quick lunch with friends and I assure you they all said it was the best homemade gravy they’ve had. I now use the recipe for the gravy for a lot of other meals and it’s always a favourite. Thank you again 🙂

  30. I’m always looking for beer related food recipes and so I tried this today for lunch with my family. They all enjoyed it and I would make it again… Thanks for sharing!

  31. Looking forward to making and serving it this evening at a get together ?? ?? It looks so good!!!

  32. These are so adorable! I have a Walking Dead premier party to go to… now I know what I’m making!

  33. The dish is looking amazing and tasty. Thank you so much for sharing.

  34. You are always rocking. I love this dish. Thanks for sharing this blog.


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