When we were in Wisconsin recently we visited our favorite cheese store. We always pick up Basil Farmers Cheese and Fresh Cheese Curd. One bag of Cheese Curd was quickly eaten by the time we got home. But, I still had 3 lbs. of it. Of course the kids were thinking of Poutine all the way home.
None of us really wanted to make the French Fries though. It is so hot cutting all the potatoes, soaking them and frying them just seemed like so much work. I finally came up with a compromise. What if instead of using French fries as the base of the Poutine we use baked potatoes. Much less work and still give you the potato flavor. Both kids agreed to give it a try.
These were actually very good! I wasn’t sure how much we would miss the French Fries but these were actually a nice alternative for something a bit different. Though I don’t believe we will totally give up Poutine I do believe we have found a nice alternative that seemed a bit lighter and still retained the flavors we were looking for.
I served this with a nice green salad and our dinner was complete.
Poutine Baked Potatoes
- 3 lbs. baking potatoes, scrubbed clean
- Fresh Cheese Curd
- Beef Gravy (from a packet or your favorite recipe) – homemade tastes so good!
- Green onions – tops only
- salt and pepper to taste
- Poke holes in your potatoes with a fork and bake them at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until fork tender. Remove potatoes from oven.
- When potatoes have cooled slightly cut them open and use a fork to fluff the inside of the potatoes with a pat of butter.
- Drizzle beef gravy over the potato and add fresh cheese curd to the top. You may wish to put the potato back in under the broiler for a minute if your potato has cooled too much and the cheese doesn’t melt.
- Serve sprinkled with green onions and salt and pepper to taste.