Trader Joe’s Poutine

Trader Joe's Poutine

Poutine is Canada’s most beloved contribution to gluttonous food. It’s basically fries with cheese curds and gravy. It’s becoming increasingly popular due to its status in Quebec as a cult favourite. McDonald’s has just announced recentlyThey will be selling it across Canada. They will start selling it across Canada. pretty sweet little neighborhood restaurant. Even though I’m not a big fan, I like to think that my knowledge of poutine is at least somewhat accurate. Should to taste like. Sandy spotted a frozen bag filled with Trader Joe’s Poutine, and she put on her “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPLEEEASE!” face.

Not going to lie, we are both disappointed. While the disappointment is not on the same scale as, for example, Chicken Parmypops or whatever else they were called, it’s still there. Each component of the dish is a bit disappointing. The fries are nothing special, but they were our favorite. They are the large, crispy, soft-inside, lightly crispy outside kind. However, I would prefer them to be crispier on their outside to hold the gravy and cheese curds better. What about the gravy? TJ’s gravy? However, those cheese curds…listen, I don’t know what I’m doing, so I apologise in advance if I offend any cheese curd superfans. These were terrible. Although they are called a mild cheddar, the taste of these curds is very similar to fresh mozzarella. It’s OK. The other part isn’t, these chunks are big, rubbery and chewy. The texture is what bothers me more than the size. The curds could be fantastic if they were softer and creamier. They just taste like cheese blubber. My cheese-loving toddler even tried to eat a tiny bit, but it was too small. I wouldn’t go so far, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

The preparation is what really gets me excited. It is pretty typical oven-heating the fries. But what about cheese curds or gravy? The cheese curds and gravy are supposed to be kept in the bag. Heat a small saucepan of water, then heat the pan on the stove. TJ’s frozen sauce packets don’t require you to cook the packet. They’re BPA-free so I trust that. There is still something.

However, I should mention that although we are not experts on poutine, we are still underwhelmed. I would go so far as to say that this was my first ever experience with poutine. TJ’s has so many delicious dishes that it’s hard to believe one can miss the mark. You can get poutine for as little as $4 at TJ’s, or $8 at McD’s. Sandy was a bit more sympathetic and gave them two out of her pity. I’ll take one and a quarter.

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Poutine is 3.5 out 10 Golden Spoons