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Newfie Fries Are a Poutine-Lover’s Dream

Newfie Fries
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Yields
2 servings

Never heard of Newfoundland Fries? We’re not surprised. Similar to poutine, this gravy-smothered dish is Newfoundland‘s best kept secret. Crispy fries are covered in a dressing or stuffing flavoured with savoury spice, and topped off with a rich beef gravy. The result is a delicious cross between Thanksgiving dinner and your favourite late-night snack.

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ingredients

Fries

3
lb Yukon gold potatoes or PEI potatoes, cut into long ½-inch-wide strips
3
L container canola oil
¼
tsp kosher salt

Dressing

½
cup panko breadcrumbs
1
tsp dried savory
1
Tbsp unsalted butter
½
small onion, finely chopped
½
tsp granulated sugar
tsp kosher salt
Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Gravy

2
Tbsp unsalted butter
2
Tbsp all-purpose flour
1
cup low-sodium beef stock
2
tsp cider vinegar
2
tsp Worcestershire sauce
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directions

Step 1

Place potatoes in a large bowl filled with cold water. Let sit, refrigerated, for at least 1 hour. Drain and let dry on a baking sheet.

Step 2

Add enough oil (about 7 cups) into a large, heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches 4 inches up the sides. Heat oil over medium heat until temperature reaches 300°F.

Step 3

Blanch fries in 2 batches for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to baking sheet lined with paper towel.

Step 4

Increase heat until oil reaches 375°F. Add fries in 2 batches and cook until golden-brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.

Step 5

To make dressing, toast panko breadcrumbs with dried savory in a large pan set over medium heat, until light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl.

Step 6

Add butter to the pan, then onion, cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with sugar, salt and pepper. Stir onion mixture into bread crumbs.

Step 7

To make the gravy, melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Add flour, whisking occasionally, until paste turns a light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in stock, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low and let simmer 2 minutes.

Step 8

To assemble, divide fries between two plates. Sprinkle with dressing, then cover in gravy. Sprinkle with more dressing if desired.

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