Classic Poutine with Pickles





Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

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    For the Fries:

  • 2 large russet potatoes (about 1½ pounds)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the Pickles:

  • ¼ cup rice or white vinegar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup diced vegetables, such as cucumbers, red onion, radishes, and/or peppers
  • For the Gravy:

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion 
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups low-sodium beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • For Serving:

  • Chopped fresh thyme or parsley for garnish.


  1. PREPARE the fries: Cut potatoes into ¼-inch thick fries. Soak the fries in cold water for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Generously coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper).

  2. DRAIN the fries and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Toss the fries with olive oil, salt and garlic powder in a large bowl. Spread the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. BAKE the fries for 20 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the fries on the baking sheet. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F and continue baking until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. PREPARE the pickles: Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Add vegetables and stir. Set aside, stirring occasionally.

  5. PREPARE the gravy: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and poultry seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour on top of the onions and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Slowly pour in broth while constantly whisking. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.

  6. WHISK cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Add to the gravy, along with the salt and pepper, and cook until thickened, about 1 minute more.

  7. ARRANGE the hot fries on a serving platter. Top with cheese curds, gravy, strained pickles, and chopped fresh thyme or parsley.

Recipe Tips

Baking homemade fries instead of frying lightens up this classic poutine a bit,
but feel free to use frozen french fries made in the oven, or air fryer, if you’re in a pinch.

The pickles are a fresh, tangy, and colorful addition to really make this dish pop.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate pickles for up to 2 weeks.



Serving Size
1/5 of recipe
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
16 grams
Saturated Fat
8 grams
45 milligrams
1160 milligrams
41 grams
4 grams
9 grams
10 grams
224 milligrams
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