Healthier Vegetarian Poutine


Healthier Vegetarian Poutine- a healthier, vegetarian/vegan-friendly version of the Canadian classic! Make this for Canada Day with no guilt and lots of deliciousness! | The Refreshanista #vegetarian #recipe #canada

In one word: YUM.

I grew up in the US with an American mom and a Canadian dad. We visited Quebec often to see our grandparents and we were always spoiled with Canadian favourites like maple cookies, maple butter {way too much maple butter in hindsight, I made myself sick but it was just so sugary and delicious!}, and of course- poutine!

If you’ve never had poutine, believe me you are missing out. The crunchy salty fries, topped with melty cheese curds and savoury gravy- so delicious!

Although poutine is super delicious, one bowl can be enough to give you a major stomach ache. Not to worry- I have an equally delicious, way less stomach ache-inducing version of this Canadian classic! Just in time for Canada Day 😉

This poutine has baked fries, a mushroom-based gravy, extra veggies, and a sprinkling of cheese. It’s also easily made vegan- just substitute the cheese curds for Daiya mozzarella 🙂

Healthier Vegetarian Poutine- a healthier, vegetarian/vegan-friendly version of the Canadian classic! Make this for Canada Day with no guilt and lots of deliciousness! | The Refreshanista #vegetarian #recipe #canadaHealthier Vegetarian Poutine- a healthier, vegetarian/vegan-friendly version of the Canadian classic! Make this for Canada Day with no guilt and lots of deliciousness! | The Refreshanista #vegetarian #recipe #canadaThat gravy! Gravy is probably my favourite thing about poutine, but it is sadly typically meat-based. Not this gravy! It gets its delicious flavours from mushrooms 🙂Healthier Vegetarian Poutine- a healthier, vegetarian/vegan-friendly version of the Canadian classic! Make this for Canada Day with no guilt and lots of deliciousness! | The Refreshanista #vegetarian #recipe #canada

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Vegetarian Poutine

Servings 4
Author Melanie Maxwell

Ingredients

For the gravy:

  • 8 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 oz package of mixed dried mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of margarine Earth Balance if you want to make it vegan
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Marmite
  • salt and pepper

For the fries:

  • 5 medium potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Toppings:

  • large handful of cheese curds or cubed Daiya cheese for a vegan poutine
  • 1 large head of broccoli chopped into small florets
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

For the gravy:

  1. Pour vegetable stock into a large pot and stir in the dried mushrooms. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and let the mushrooms stew for 30 minutes, covered.
  2. Pour mushroom stock into another bowl and set aside. Melt margarine and olive oil in the pot over medium heat. Add in shallots and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour into the pot, creating a roux. Continue to whisk for several minutes until the roux darkens to a lightly golden colour.
  4. Pour in the mushroom stock a little at a time, quickly whisking. Stir in soy sauce, Marmite, a few cracks of black pepper, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat so gravy is simmering. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until gravy has reduced and thickened.

For the fries:

  1. Preheat oven to 400Wash and dry potatoes. Peel them if you prefer the peel off, I left it on. Slice into thin sticks using a fry slicer or a good knife. Place cut potatoes on two large baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat potatoes evenly. Spread potatoes to create an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the fries over halfway through.

For the topping:

  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan over the stove. Throw in broccoli and zucchini and cook until browned, about 10 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Reheat gravy if necessary.
  2. Place fries in a bowl. Top with cheese or non-dairy substitute and veggies. Pour gravy on top. Serve

Recipe Notes

gravy recipe adapted from [Umami Girl's Vegetarian Gravy|http://umamigirl.com/2011/11/best-vegetarian-gravy-recipe.html]

Have a Happy Canada Day this week! 🙂

Melanie

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