Monday, December 23, 2013

Trader Joe's Poutine Unbagging

In the footsteps of so many tech sites showing the "unboxing" of various tech toys, I present the unbagging of Trader Joe's Poutine.

Here is the front of the package:

Note that it includes "sauce" not "gravy".  This doesn't bode well. Looking at the ingredients, I'm guessing it's not gravy because it contains less than 2% beef stock.  It's also got a disturbingly long list of things that I'd expect in a prepared food from somewhere other than TJ's.  Oh well, I shall soldier on in the name of science, or something.

There is a description of poutine on the back:

Inside the bag, there are separate bags of cheese curds and sauce, and a whole bunch of frozen french fries, as you'd find in any Ore-Ida bag you might open.  Only a few of the fries are shown here:

Preparation is pretty rudimentary -- bake the fries for 20 to 25 minutes; in the meantime, heat up the sauce and curds in water in a saucepan at a low simmer.

Once it's all done, put the fries in a bowl, top with the curds and then pour the sauce over.  Microwave or broil to finish, if desired (I did neither).  It looks like this:

It tastes magnifique.  No, I'm lying.  The first bites were really, really bad, there is no flavor at all to that sauce.  I decided to add some salt and pepper (NB: I almost never add salt and pepper post-cooking, to anything).  Perhaps you recall Salisbury steak from a school cafeteria (or from being poor, like I have been), the sauce had less flavor than what you'd have had on your steak.  The curds did have a satisfying squeak, so at least that part was OK.

Look, the only time I've had real poutine before was when I was in Churchill, Manitoba (maybe that wasn't even "real", but at least it was Canadian).  It was in a tiny little diner (considering Churchill, maybe it was a huge diner, hard to say), and I was up there to go see the polar bears:

Feel free to ask me about that sometime.

So anyway, that bowl of poutine in Manitoba was fantastic.  What I just ate was not.  I could do better with the aforementioned Ore-Ida fries, a jar of Heinz gravy, and some easily sourced non-frozen cheese curds.

Eh bien.  C'est la vie.


At 23/12/13 20:35, Blogger Max Handelsman said...

Those were not the kind of bears I was expecting. :D

At 23/12/13 21:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a cheese-curdling experience. Sorry you had to guinea-pig that one.

At 23/12/13 21:57, Blogger Lisa said...

Oh, Larry. Thanks for taking one for the team. That sounds bad - and disappointing, considering it was from TJs.

I would love to hear about the bears sometime.


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