Why, but more importantly, what is Poutine?
Friday is coming. I’m sorry I meant Fry Day. French Fry Day that is. I wanted to make a recipe that made French fries the star. In my search to find a recipe that made French fries the star I found Poutine.
Poutine originates from the province of Quebec. It consists of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. This dish is a favorite in many Canadian homes and fast becoming a favorite in a lot of U.S. homes as well.
When I looked up cheese curds my first thought was nope not doing it. I didn’t want to just have fries with gravy on top so I went on the search for how others have made this dish. Then it hit me. What do I love with fries? Burgers of course! Bacon Turkey Burgers to be exact. The Bacon Turkey Burger Poutine was born!
I had a turkey breast in the freezer that I still had yet to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I only needed to pick up a few items.
Deciding what to put in my Poutine recipe was easy once I decided I wanted it to be a Turkey Burger. I just built it like I would had I made Burgers and Fries.
1 Pound Turkey cut into cubes
1 Pound bacon cut half to add to the turkey and cut other half to fry
1 Packet of onion soup/dip mix
8 oz shredded Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese
Water or Stock
Salt and Pepper
Frozen Fries (I purchased garlic seasoned frozen fries)
I like grinding my own meat simply because it cost a whole lot less than buying ground meat and especially seasoned ground meat.
Turkey needs fat especially ground turkey so I mix 1/2 a pound of cut bacon with my cubed turkey and 1 packet of the onion soup/dip mix. Mix this all together then fun it through the grinder.
I used my cast iron skillet. So in the skillet I added about a tablespoon of Olive Oil and 1/2 pound of cut up bacon. It’s a lot easier to crumble bacon when it’s been cut up before cooking. Ready for a sexy shot? Here it is.
I’m getting hungry again just looking at that picture. Whew ok moving on….
When the bacon has finished cooking, use a slotted spoon and take out the bacon. put it on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Now, I never promised this recipe is a healthy recipe. Now add the seasoned ground turkey to the pan drippings and cook until done.
Once again your going to use the slotted spoon to take out the now cooked seasoned turkey. Place the cooked turkey in a bowl and set this aside.
While your making the Rue for the gravy, pre-heat your oven and cook the French Fries according to package directions.
Believe it or not but the pan will still have drippings in it and in the pan drippings you’re going to add 3 tablespoons of flour and make a rue.
When the rue is the color of deep caramel add 3 cups of water or stock.
Add the cooked Turkey back into the pan with the gravy you’ve just made.
Once your French fries are finished cooking it’s time to plate this meal!
Add fries to the plate, top with a generous amount of gravy, top that with some of the shredded cheese, (the heat from the gravy will melt the cheese) Now top all of this with some cooked bacon.
I found that I had plenty of Turkey Gravy left over so for day 2 I cooked some pasta and made my version of Hamburger Helper
Turkeyburger helper and Turkeyburger with cheese.
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