Popularity of poutine in the United States

If you are looking for the ultimate comfort food, then you need to try poutine. This Quebec meal is made of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and gravy. There are many variations to it, but that is what the dish is commonly made of. Over the years, there have been so many conversations about the dish to a point where many people all it Canada’s national dish. Although there have been conversations surrounding this claim, it has not stopped fast food joints in Canada from making it.

The dish has grown so much in popularity over the years as more people start to take it.

Even with growing popularity in Canada, there have been questions on why the dish has not made it into the United States market and taken over popular food joints. McDonalds have made the dish a staple in their Canadian market, and therefore people cannot seem to get why they have not made this dish a staple in the United States as well. From the feedback in Canada, there is no doubt the dish would be a favorite for many. To help you understand this delicacy, here are some facts about the dish.

How the dish is made?

Although different chefs will make the dish with a few alterations, the dish will always contain French fries, gravy, and cheese. Here is how you make the dish

  1. Fry up some medium-sized fries. It is recommended that you double fry them, so the inside stays soft while the outside is crispy. You can also choose to use sweet potatoes if you want a healthier potato version.
  2. Add some freshly made cheese curds on top. If you have no cheese curd, you can also crush some mozzarella on top of the fries. There are people who mix more than one type of cheese on top of the fries as well.
  3. Pour some gravy on top of the cheese. The heat from the gravy will slightly soften the cheese without melting it entirely. You get to make your gravy how you like it. Some people prefer a thick gravy, while others like their gravy light. You can use chicken, beef, or vegetable gravy based on your preference.

Poutine is the ultimate comfort food, and one thing people say is you cannot make it healthy. It is packed with all the richness that comfort food should have, although some people try to take away some of the elements like cheese to make it healthier.  The original poutine makers, however, say that taking away an element of the food will change the food, and that is not poutine.

Reasons poutine has not gained popularity in the United States

Even though poutine continues to be a favorite among Canadians, it’s yet to gain popularity in the United States. Many people attribute this to several reasons. Here are some of the top reasons

It is too rich

The initial critic of the food was it is too rich.  There are people who say it would make the best hangover food but would not work as a daily meal. Most people are obsessed with weight loss, and as such, they do not think they would eat poutine daily. The counter-argument to this is, pizza has a lot of calories as well, but people still get to enjoy it.

Lack of marketing

Another reason why poutine is not consumed in great numbers in the United States is. Many people do not market it. Fast food joints that sell it in their stores in Canada are yet to introduce it to the USA. As such, many people who might have liked it would not even know it exists. There have been requests by poutine lovers to have the dish introduced in fast food places in the USA, but this has not been done yet.

If there were efforts to introduce the dish in the fast-food joints in the USA, chances are many people would love the food. The food restaurants that serve the food in the USA have seen more people asking for it, which just goes to show how much potential the food has.

Cultural appropriation

If there is one thing people say Americans do well, it takes an authentic dish and twists it around. Already, different people have made alterations to the food, the biggest one being switching Irish potatoes for sweet potatoes. There has also been the case of using mozzarella instead of freshly made cheese curds. In some areas, people even use meat stew instead of gravy on the dish. These might seem like a small thing to many people, but they can spark up a huge debate on the entire meal and how it should be made. In a bid to avoid controversy, most restaurants choose not to include it in their menu altogether.

How can poutine be popularized in the USA?

Despite all these reasons, poutine is still a dish that has great potential. One might just have to figure out how to ensure it gets on the map. Here are some of the ways the dish can be popularized in the USA.

  • Introduce it to restaurants. The best way to get people talking about the food is by letting them taste it. Once you have a couple of people who have eaten the food, they can take the word around
  • Market it. Besides having people eat the food, it would be a great idea if poutine was marketed to the people. A couple of ads and social media posting is a great way to get people to know about the food and be interested in trying it. There can also be offers on the food to attract new clients to the food.

Last thoughts

Poutine is a dish that comes with a lot of potential in it. Even though it’s yet to gain the popularity it deserves, there is still hope for it to penetrate the market in the United States. All that needs