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How to craft the perfect poutine

Poutine is a Canadian comfort food staple. As one of the most in-demand appetizers, it has been gaining popularity not only as a main dish, but as a starter as well.1 This makes poutine a great candidate for experimentation and creativity!

Dig into this infographic and discover the key elements to a decadent poutine, how different ingredients influence texture and flavour, and how specialty cheeses can elevate the experience.

Looking to craft
a legendary poutine?
It all starts with the right cheese!

of an authentic poutine

cheese curds

Whether fresh of the day, cold, frozen or individually quick frozen (IQF), cheese curds are the essence of an authentic poutine. Available in convenient foodservice formats and portion-controlled bags.

Curd sizes: extra small, small, medium, large

2 Signature Toppings

Ready-to-use cheese formats for quick prep

Bocconcini Pearls

Pleasant, milky and mild, Bocconcini cheese pearls offer a consistently fresh taste.

Soft Fresh Goat Cheese Crumbles

The refreshing creaminess and unique tangy taste of these crumbles create fabulous depth

Shaved Parmesan

Add a rich finishing touch bursting with a fruity hazelnut taste and a fragrant, delicate, spicy aroma


Fresh yet salty and with a slightly tangy taste, Feta cheese is great for adding texture. Available in a crumbled format to minimize preparation time.

Shredded Cheese

Our convenient pre-shredded cheeses add a pop of flavour in no time: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pizza Mozzarella, Cantonnier, blends, and more!

Vegan Option

Dairy-Free Mozzarella Flavoured Shred

Offers an excellent cheese-like experience perfect for flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles alike

3 Rich, decadent gravy

It 's all about balance: adjust the thickness of your gravy based on the consistency of your cheeses & toppings

Poutine Sauce Mix

  • Simply add water! This mix creates poutine sauce that’s consistently silky and delicious.
  • Blend with cream for a remixed gravy.

Vegetarian & Vegan gravy alternatives

  • Use vegetable stock as a base for the gravy.
  • Mushrooms can replace meat.
  • Add a splash of tanginess with a tomato-based sauce (salsa, pomodori, marinara).

4 The Base

French Fries

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside

Use these tasty twists!
  • Root veggie fries
  • Curly or waffle fries
  • Tater tots
  • Potato wedges
  • Mashed potato patties
  • Jicama
While traditional poutine will always have a spot on the menu, it’s easy to innovate beyond the norm: all you need to do is maintain balance between flavours and textures. Contact your local representative to select cheeses and other foodservice products that will help you create dishes that showcase your creativity!

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1 Technomic, Menu Ignite Menu, Q2 2020 to Q2 2021


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