Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Disco Fries (aka Poutine, aka cheese fries with gravy)

Now for something totally unhealthy. (PS, look how delicious my breakfast oatmeal was!)
When we were in high school in New York, the only place that was 24 hours was the Kisco Diner (there was, however, a diner of lesser quality down the street that was also 24 hours, but I went there rarely. I don’t even remember the name of it). Apparently, Hillary’s campaign video was filmed there, according to Wikipedia. The best thing at the Kisco diner (in my and my sister’s teenaged opinion) is something called Disco Fries. Later in life I found out this is actually called poutine (pronounced, I just learned, put-sin and not poo-teen like I thought). Poutine, or disco fries, are French fries smothered in gravy and then covered in cheese. Poutine is supposed to be with cheese curds, but I usually use cheddar or mozzarella. Disco fries, or poutine

A good quantity French fries, or a few potatoes, sliced for fries
Oil for frying (or a hot oven, if you want to bake your fries)
Salt and pepper
2 T butter
2 T rice flour
1 c stock or hot water with a bullion cube dissolved
a good handful or two of grated cheese, your choice, or curds

Preheat the oven to 350. Make your fries, whether using frozen or making your own, spread them out on a cookie sheet and put in the oven until done, or fry them in batches, draining on a paper towel. Put the cooked fries in a dish, I usually use a pie plate. Grate your cheese, if not using curds. Make the gravy- melt the butter in a saucepan, whisk in the flour and let cook a minute, stirring. Whisk in stock or bullion-water, let cook a few minutes until thickened. Add salt and pepper. Pour the gravy over the fries, at this point I like to add extra pepper, then cover with cheese. Stick in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

1 comment:

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