Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Food and Wine Conference here in Orlando and for lunch one day we had a Poutine bar. Poutine is traditionally a Canadian dish consisting of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. However, at this lunch, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, we had a variety of Poutine ranging from bacon and pork versions, to Vegetarian and Vegan varieties.
I wanted to try my hand at making my own Poutine, Vegetarian of course – Curried Lentil Poutine with Paneer. The Idaho Potato Commission and National Sunday Supper Month are sponsoring a contest where three poutine recipes will be chosen to win a ticket to this year’s Food and Wine Conference (<- you can get more information and buy tickets here). I decided to throw my hat into the ring and attempt to develop a new recipe. Though my recipe isn’t the traditional meat gravy used in Poutine, I did make a healthier Vegetarian version. I got very involved in the recipe developement, including making my own paneer cheese.
Paneer is a very mild cheese used mostly in Indian dishes and making it at home was very easy. I just heated up some milk, added lemon juice and separated the milk solids from the liquid. The complete recipe is posted below.
The entire cheese-making process took a little over 30 minutes, though I made it the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator until I was ready to use it.
I made the Curried Lentil Gravy while the potatoes were baking in the oven. I decided to use both lentils and split peas for a little variety- plus I love using split peas in other dishes besides soup.
I am a big fan of using turmeric in just about anything – for this I used turmeric, garam masala, curry powder and ginger paste.
I think what was the most time consuming of all the steps was scooping out the potato flesh from the Idaho Potatoes. However, when you realize the end result will be crispy potato skins, how can anyone complain?
So again, you can leave off the paneer cheese for an all-Vegan Poutine.
Or sprinkle the cheese on to add some great texture. Enjoy this recipe:
Enjoy this recipe and thank you stopping by!
Have you ever had Poutine? What did you think about it?