Sweet Potato Poutine (Quebec)

sweet potato poutine

 

Sweet Potato Poutine (Quebec)

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 pinch fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch brown sugar
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 liter peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 cup cheese curds

Push potatoes through a French fry cutter, or hand-cut into uniform pieces. Soak in ice water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Heat a pan over medium heat, melt butter then add flour and whisk vigorously for about 8 minutes until roux is amber-colored. Remove from heat.

In another pan, lightly sauté shallots in olive oil over medium heat for about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze with stock, add thyme and brown sugar and bring to a simmer. Whisk in roux and reduce over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.

Strain chilled fries, and dry in a salad spinner. It is important that fries be thoroughly dried before cooking.

Heat peanut oil in a heavy pot to 375 degrees F. Fry potatoes in small batches for 5 minutes, then drain on a wire rack.

Place fries on a plate, top with cheese curds and smother with gravy.

Adapted from: Food Network