Poutine is a dish of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and sometimes additional ingredients, covered with brown gravy or sauce. Poutine is a diner staple that originated in Quebec and can now be found across Canada.
Poutine Trivia (From Montréal Poutine)
- The first poutines were invented in Quebec, and there are many, unconfirmed claims to have invented the poutine which date from the late 50s through the 1970s in the Victoriaville area, about 1 hour out of Montreal.
- In 2000, then U.S. Presidential candidate George W. Bush was asked by a “reporter” how he responds to an endorsement from Canadian Prime Minister “Jean Poutine”. Bush replied, “I appreciate his strong statment. He understands I believe in free trade. He understands I want to make sure our relations with our most important neighbor to the north of us, the Canadians, is strong and we’ll work closely together.” Of course, the prime minister at the time was Jean Chretien, and the “reporter” was Rick Mercer from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation comedy TV show, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”.
- In Nov 2005, Canadian singer Shania Twain appeared on Martha Stewart’s daily show to introduce the domestic diva to Poutine. “This actually smells good,” Stewart says as Twain pulled what was actually an oven-baked fries in mushroom sauce. Neither Twain nor Stewart sampled the poutine on camera. The next day, the hits on this site shot up by a factor of five.