The Idaho Potato Commission is hosting an awesome cooking contest in partnership with the Food and Wine conference of 2016 in Orlando Florida, sponsored by Sunday Supper LLC. If you aren’t familiar with the Food and Wine Conference, it’s a huge event that brings together all kinds of individuals in the foodie world including bloggers, chefs, media professionals and brands, to promote networking and business know-how for all things cuisine. Do I need to say how much I want to be in attendance this year?
The contest provides the winner with $500 and a ticket to the conference. Sign me up now! All I had to do to enter was create a dish inspired by the French-Canadian classic dish, Poutine!
Poutine originated in Quebec and is popular not only throughout Canada, but in many other countries as well including the USA. Once you are familiar with this dish, you will have little doubt of the reason for it’s popularity: It’s made of french fries, hot brown gravy, and cheddar cheese curds! Sounds pretty delicious, Aye?
The specs for the contest state they’d like dishes inspired by poutine. Entries need to include at least 2 ounces of Russet potatoes per serving, though they need not be fried.
The creation of the Poutine Po’boy seemed like a natural evolution to me.
A New Orleans standby meets Canadian Comfort food for a fantastic fusion dish that is nothing less than irresistible. It’s all wrapped in a chewy French Baguette smeared with fresh garlic aioli, piled with crispy Cajun oven fries, dotted with white cheddar curds, and bathed in piping hot gravy. I brought in a bit of peppery arugula for a pop of green and a bit of freshness.
This sandwich is a bonafide, two-fisted, manly meal. It will stick to your ribs and keep you feeling full and happy for hours on end. Still, you’ll want another one!
The hand made Cajun fries in this dish are baked at a high temperature to give you all the color ad crunch with considerable less fat. Garlic infused olive oil is drizzled on before baking…then comes a generous dusting of Cajun seasoning and sea salt. These fries will remind you why potatoes are your favorite food.
And now poutine can be your favorite food too.
It’s like Canadian nachos. Yes!
Here’s the delectable recipe for you to try…you will be addicted, so be forewarned!