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The exact origins of poutine (that's pooh-teen) are hard to pin down.  We know it comes from rural Quebec, and we know it was first served sometime in the mid 20th century.  What we know for sure is that it means "mess" in English, and if you're a fan of messy, rich, really tasty food, you really should give Trader Joe's Poutine a try.

Our Poutine is a mess of good things.  Following Canadian tradition, it's a combination of fries, cheese curds, and gravy.  It begins with fries made from Challenger Gold potatoes grown in the Pacific Northwest. These potatoes are yellow, with a slightly sweet flavor, and bake in your oven to a satisfyingly crispness.  They're joined in the bag by a separate packet of Wisconsin cheese curds, the fresh cheese that results from removing most of the liquid whey at the beginning of the cheese making process.  In a third packet is a rich brown gravy.  Bake the fries, thaw the cheese curds, and heat the gravy.  Top the fries with the curds, and pour the gravy on top.  Sure, it's a mess, but in the best possible way.  It's comfort food, and sometimes that's exactly what the doctor ordered.  Doctor Joe, that is.

Trader Joe's Poutine comes in a 24 ounce bag for $3.99, every day.  You’'l find it in our freezers.

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