Vegan Poutine (Gravy-Covered Cheese Fries)
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Poutine is a Canadian fast-food specialty with roots in Quebec. Basically it’s French fries smothered in gravy and covered with cheese, or rather, cheese curds — whatever those are. This vegan poutine recipe swaps out a beefy gravy for a veg version, and nondairy cheddar shreds for the curds.
Admittedly, poutine (vegan or not) is kind of like enjoying movies that are so bad they’re good — liking something a bit weird as a guilty pleasure. If we could have gone full-on vegan hack with this recipe, we would have liked to use a readymade vegan gravy. We’re not sure one even exists, but no worries, vegan gravy is super-easy to make — and really, the only from-scratch item in this simple rendition.
And because it’s such a guilty pleasure, I like to serve something really healthy with poutine — like a colorful kale salad!
Time to table: 15 to 20 minutes
- 16-ounce bag all-natural frozen French fries
- 2 cups vegetable broth (about half of a carton — we like Imagine or Pacific)
- 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour or chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, optional
- 1 to 2 cups cheddar-style nondairy cheese shreds, as desired
- 1 Prepare the fries according to package directions, either in a roasting pan in the oven or in a large skillet on the stovetop.
- 2 Meanwhile, heat the broth in a small saucepan. While it’s warming up, dissolve the flour in a little more broth or water.