A few years ago, I decided to put a waffle-y spin on different dishes from around the world. I made taco waffles, pizza waffles, curry waffles and more. My family's favorite? Poutine waffles.
Poutine is a classic Québécois comfort food made up of French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds — the solid part of curdled milk that's sometimes referred to as "squeaky cheese." I didn't grow up eating poutine, but came to know it through my husband, who has a French-Canadian background.
As soon as I tasted the savory dish, I knew that it was something magical.
This spin on poutine starts with a thin waffle made with potato batter. Waffles are a great base for the poutine gravy because of their nooks and crannies, but if you don't have a waffle maker you can make the batter into pancakes instead.
Sometimes cheese curds are hard to find in stores. I use Cheddar Bites from Bennington-based Maplebrook Farms. They don't have the "squeak" of some other cheese curds, but they're still delicious.
Try this recipe for brunch — or dinner — this month. Your stomach will say merci!
For the waffles (makes four):
For the gravy (makes 2 cups):
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