The 3 main Canadian food groups: beer, bacon and maple syrup. Combine these all into a single balanced meal.
4 baker potatoes
1 tablespoon Smoked paprika
1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
4 strips of bacon chopped up
4 slices of peameal bacon chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove minced
2 cups of stout beer
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Let's get Cooking...
Start by slicing each potato lengthwise into four potato slabs. Then cut each slab into thin fries about a centimeter thick. Keep the fries fresh by storing them in a bowl of cold water. Before use, drain the fries and pat them dry. This is to ensure that the spices and oil stick.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place all the fries in a bowl and sprinkle over the paprika, garlic salt and a couple glugs of olive oil. Roll the fries around and coat evenly. Spread out on two baking sheets making sure that each fry is in contact with the sheet, this will ensure they get crispy. Cook the fries for 50 minutes. Every 20 minutes rotate the trays and give the fries a flip. Hint: you're going to need a thin spatula to get the fries up and off the baking sheet in order to flip them.
While the fries are cooking start on the gravy by frying up both types of bacon in an ungreased pan on medium high heat. Once crispy, pull out the bacon and let drain on a plate covered with a paper towel. Save the grease. For the gravy, add the butter to the bacon grease and let melt. Then spoon in the flour and stir until a paste forms. Throw in the garlic and stir until it becomes fragrant. Finally whisk in the beer, mustard, Worcestershire, maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Let thicken over a low heat.
To build the poutine, place all the fries on one baking sheet and layer in the cheese curds and bacon pieces. Then pour over the gravy and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is good and melted. Top with green onions and enjoy!