Houston is known for it's delicious flavorful array of food choices, from awesome street food, to 5 star restaurants, you will never go hungry living here..

Being from Canada, sometimes a girl just wants some poutine... which although, you can't go wrong with TexMex, I just want a poutine. Around these parts, poutine is a very alien term that makes not much sense to anyone really, so I thought I could manage with chili cheese fries...but, it's just not the same.


I was on a hunt for cheese curds so I could make my own authentic poutine, (by hunt I mean I would check the cheese section from time to time with so much doubt) up until recently, staring at me was a bag of cheese curds from Wisconsin. I'm not sure how they got to my grocery store, but boy am I happy they did.

I decided to make a little Texas take on poutine(since I like a little kick to my food now), awesome poutine...made with actual cheese curds.

With a little habanero and green chile spice on baked fries, sprinkled with fresh cilantro you have yourself one amazing poutine!

What you need:

  • 3-4 baking potatoes, cut into fries
  • 1-2 tbsp flour
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • habanero/green chile spice blend **you can use any spice blend of your choosing, just to flavor potatoes**
  • 1 cup brown gravy
  • 1 pkg cheese curds **you may use mozzarella or shredded cheese, but it will taste very authentic using cheese curds**
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped


Begin by placing cut fries in large bowl of cold water. The longer you let potatoes sit in water the crispier they will be.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.


Drain potatoes, and lightly dry. Sprinkle flour on potatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle on desired amount of spices (typically enough to coat fries) and drizzle on oil.

Toss again so potatoes are fully coated.

Place potatoes in a single layer on cookie sheet. (If not all potatoes fit on cookie sheet its best to use multiple cookie sheets to maintain crispiness)

Bake about 25 mins turning once.

Meanwhile make gravy or warm gravy on stovetop

Have cheese curds out while getting fries and gravy ready as they will melt better when not too cold from fridge.

Once potatoes are out of the oven sprinkle with cilantro.

In a dish, place one layer of fries, then some cheese curds, then gravy...repeat layers one more time. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve hot!




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