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Vegetarian poutine & a reflection on blogging

Poutine, poutine the magical.. no wait that doesn’t work. This recipe is so good I wanted a nifty little rhyme about how good it was so I had an excuse to eat it all the time. I must must share this vegetarian poutine recipe with you, it’s sa good. 

Somewhere I haven’t yet travelled to (it’s on the list) is Canada, specifically Quebec where this glorious meal hails from. The first question I ask anyone who has been to Canada is “Omagosh did you eat Poutine?!” and then hijack their travel talk and start discussing how much I want to go there and eat all the poutine. Vegetarian poutine recipe

There’s something so comforting about potato fries covered in hot slurpy onion gravy and oozy cheese curds (I used Mozzarella). It’s a flavour combination made in heaven and if you oven bake your fries, skin on (well duh), the meal isn’t too bad for you.. just sayin’. 

I did use a vegetarian brown onion gravy powder mix because I have never made a vegetarian gravy from scratch although my friend Jamie Oliver has a recipe for vegan gravy and I’m pretty certain anything that man makes is darn delicious. I filled the largest tray I owned with oven baked potato fries (recipe for plain oven baked potato fries here) and it was assemble time.

Vegetarian poutine recipe

Poutine has started to pop up on Pub menus around Melbourne, which is never a bad thing but it’s such a simple meal that I needed to make at home one hungover gloomy Saturday afternoon when the Pub wasn’t such a great idea. 

Speaking of great ideas, I feel I haven’t had that many as of late. I started food blogging 1 1/2 years ago and have loved every single part of it, but I have reached a point where I feel like I am just churning out recipes that while yes, they are delicious, aren’t providing as much value to you guys as I’d like.

I want to help you be the best cook you can be but also the best anything else you want to be, whether that is a food blogger, meal planner or food photographer. 

Vegetarian poutine recipe

I am in a little bit of a blog post funk and I need your help! 

I am keen to do something different.. and I have a few ideas in mind but I’d love some feedback on what YOU would love to see more of on here, let me know your thoughts below:

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Thank you for taking the time to read this, and also have a wonderful day! Bec x

Vegetarian Poutine
Serves 2
A Canadian dish of crispy potato fries with brown onion gravy and cheese curds
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  1. 3-4 medium - large potatoes cut into fries
  2. 1 packet brown onion gravy mixture
  3. 1 brown onion
  4. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  5. fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, burrata or cheese curds if you're lucky
  6. salt and pepper and oil
  7. tiny dash of red wine (if desired)
  1. Pre heat oven 10 180 deg cel and get your potato fries ready for baking. Lay on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Salt and into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked and crispy.
  2. Whilst chips are cooking in the oven, start your gravy. Finely dice a brown onion.
  3. Heat oil in a small saucepan and when hot, add onion. Sautee for 3-4 minutes until soft and slightly browned.
  4. Add your gravy powder and cook according to packet instructions. This is usually adding boiling water and whisking until a gravy forms. If you'd like a thicker gravy, whisk in a teaspoon or two of flour.
  5. Add your soy sauce, salt and pepper and a tiny tiny dash of red wine (if desired) and let the gravy simmer away in the sauce pan until chips are cooked.
  6. When potato chips are cooked to your liking, remove from oven and place in a serving bowl/tray.
  7. Season again with salt and pepper and when ready to serve, drizzle the gravy over and rip the mozzarella/cheese on top of the gravy.
  8. Enjoy
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Vegetarian Poutine


  • Reply JJ - 84thand3rd June 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Chips and gravy win every time! I’m currently haranguing the husband to remember where we were when we had an amazing Poutine during some trip or another across Americaland, he’s not cooperating ;D

    • Reply Bec June 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Maybe you need to make it for him to revitalise the memory?!

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make June 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I want to eat this RIGHT NOW! I love your blog and think you should keep doing what you do best xx

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      IKNOWHOWDELICIOUS! Thanks Lauren xxx

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile June 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Haha this does look the perfect hangover food! Yum! I love the idea of adding soy sauce. Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx PS – just keep dong what you’re doing. I LOVE your blog and all your recipes… you’ve even inspired me to eat meat-free a few nights each week!

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      It’s the best for those days where you need something delicious and easy and comforting. Thanks Lucy, great to hear! x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages June 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Left you some feedback, now please serve up a big plate of this poutine you speak of – ridiculously good looking.

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hehe of course! x

  • Reply Fiona June 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Oh my, I certainly count this as comfort food!!!

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      It’s the ultimate xx

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips June 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had poutine. I actually thought it was some kind of casserole
    I totally get the blog funk. Life gets busy and return on investment (of time) is important. I love what you do though x

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      NICOLE YOU MUST. Go to a pub, order Poutine. Thank you <3 Much appreciated. I have taken some time to re-charge xxx

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows June 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I love DTS the way it is but I totally get the blog funk. Guest posts are a good idea as Swah said! xx

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      A fantastic idea! I have emailed her 😉 Thanks Emma!!! xxx

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs June 2, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Poutine just looks like the best comfort food, Candians must be awesome people to come up with such a bad ass dish. Love your blog Bec you always have really delicious but real dishes. I personally like your writing style too laid back and honest.

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      It’s the total comfort food, and quite fitting for my little mini blog rut. Thanks Bec xxx

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups June 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my gosh I could shove my whole head in a dish full of those! And vegetarian gravy – I am sooo grateful to know about that as I have yet to find one that I like xx

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      I know, there’s really nothing bad about this dish! x

  • Reply jess June 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Yuuuuum, I’ve never made poutine at home but I totally should. Combines all of my favourite things. I can’t really help, as I love the blog exactly as it is!

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Jess!!!! <3 <3 You totally should. x

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem June 1, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I’m obsessed with Poutine too, I tried it for the first time last year and was like ‘Oh my, where have you been all my life you beautiful, delicious thing?’. I obviously need to make them at home asap.

    Re: the rut – I personally love your blog just as it is but I totally understand that you might want to change things up so I can’t wait see what you come up with next 🙂

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      It’s the best thing and once you pop, you can’t stop – Poutine style!!! Thanks Pearl, I might just re-jig and take a rest! xxx

  • Reply Swah June 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Gosh that looks divine! I’ve only eaten poutine a few times but have always wanted to fall off my chair in excitement 🙂

    As for the blogging rut, I get that now and then, It’s the worst. I suggest taking a break to find your mojo (consider getting some guest posters on board if you don’t want to blog to sit completely idle) or change your posting schedule xx

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Some fantastic tips – want to guest post hehe?! XX

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living June 1, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I have never heard of poutine – but I am intrigued! I love new dinner recipes and lunchbox treats – I am always looking for recipes that give me leftovers to take to work the next day. Wholesome, filling meals – that you can eat hot or cold. Hope that helps! x

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Ooo I can do that, it’s something that I love too!!! Thanks x

  • Reply Lizzie {Strayed Table} June 1, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Wow I have never head of poutine, but it sure looks like our chips and gravy just fancied up a bit. Nothing beats chips smothered in gravy and for it to be onion gravy – well delish.

    • Reply Bec June 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      It’s basically chips and gravy with cheese… the perfect combination! x

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