There is no doubt that Canadians enjoy some weird culinary concoctions. We love our flavours of potatoe chips like: roast chicken and gravy, all dressed, and ketchup. There is also deep-fried beaver tails dusted with confectioners sugar and cinnamon, and our beloved bagged milk.
I thought today was the day to share festive recipes.
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1 (10.25 ounce) can beef gravy
5 medium potatoes, cut into fries
2 cups cheese curds
Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy skillet to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). While the oil is heating, you can begin to warm your gravy.
Place the fries into the hot oil, and cook until light brown, about 5 minutes. Make the fries in batches if necessary to allow them room to move a little in the oil. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
Place the fries on a serving platter, and sprinkle the cheese over them. Place on a bed of dressing and sprinkle with green peas and turkey. Canned peas rock- frozen ones do not! Add a dollop of Cranberry sauce.Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese, and serve immediately.
Add cut up cooked chicken or hamburger.
Use shredded mozzarella cheese in place of cheese curds.
Italian Poutine: Substitute marinara for gravy.
BBQ Poutine: Substitute a light BBQ sauce for gravy.
Vive la poutine!
For you Vegans -Vegan Poutine and it’s called POOtin!
The Cherpumple for Dessert
For Charles Phoenix, the turducken apparently wasn’t enough. The turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken – an increasingly popular Thanksgiving treat – was in need of a dessert counterpart.
So he came up with one worthy of the holiday, and he called it … thecherpumple. The dessert is a weighty, three-layer cake with an entire pie baked inside each of the layers.
Phoenix, a humorist from Los Angeles, describes his creation on his website this way: “Cherpumple is short for CHERry, PUMpkin and apPLE pie. The apple pie is baked in spice cake, the pumpkin in yellow and the cherry in white.”
He further explained that the inspiration came from the typical dessert table at his family’s holiday celebrations…
“Seems there’s always cherry, pumpkin and apple pie and a cake that’s a family tradition. It has a layer of spice and a layer of yellow. Since I always want to have a piece of each of the pies and the cake, I figured why not make that waaaaaaaay more convenient. So I baked them all together as one, and the Cherpumple was born,” he wrote.
After the various layers of the cherpumple are baked, they are stacked on top of one another, then the whole thing is slathered with cream-cheese frosting.
So, who’s ready for dessert?
The Cherpumple Recipe
servings: 1 8″ cake
1 8-inch frozen pumpkin pie
1 box spice cake mix
1 8-inch frozen apple pie
1 box yellow cake mix
1 8-inch frozen cherry pie
1 box white cake mix
eggs and oil according to the cake mix
3 tall tubs of cream cheese frosting
3 8½-inch-round cake pans
Bake pies according to instructions and cool to room temperature overnight.
Mix cake batter according to instructions. For each layer, pour about 1 1⁄3 cup of batter in the cake pan.
Carefully de-tin the baked pie and place it face up on top of the batter in the cake pan. Push down lightly to release any trapped air.
Pour enough batter on top to cover the pie. Bake according to box instructions.
Cool and remove from pans then frost it like you mean it
Here is Phoenix’s video- a true treat and so worth the watch!