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Healthier homemade gravy fries

By Penelope Wall, March 24, 2011 - 12:04pm

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I’m not French-Canadian, but the town where I grew up is in northern Vermont and on most nights you could see the bright lights from the Canadian border crossing just a few miles up the road.

When I was on the high school Nordic ski team, we’d drive up to Quebec City each year for preseason training. Two things I’ll never forget from my first trip there: seeing an otherwise super-fit, super-healthy skier stop in the middle of the trail to take a cigarette break, and the poutine.

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Poutine (pu-teen)—fries topped with gravy and cheese curds—is a French-Canadian classic. But until that point, I’d only ever seen it at diners and fast-food restaurants, not in a Nordic ski-center cafeteria. When my typical post-training snack included such healthful components as water, a granola bar and clementines, poutine seemed an unlikely menu option for a group of teenagers who had just worked out all day. But in retrospect, I think it’s kinda genius: packing a plateful of filling carbs with some delicious salty protein for staying power.

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Truthfully, though, poutine really is just glorified fast food. And most people aren’t consuming it as a reward for cross-country skiing 20 miles. Which is why I was thrilled when the EatingWell Test Kitchen developed this version for the latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. You can make it healthier at home by oven-frying the potatoes and topping them with grease-free gravy and just a touch of extra-sharp Cheddar cheese. C’est si bon!

Get the Recipe: Oven-Fry Poutine with Mushroom Gravy

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Penelope Wall
Penelope is a web producer and writer for When she's not busy geeking out at the computer, she loves cooking and trying new recipes on her friends. Some of her favorite foods are dark chocolate, coffee, apples, sweet potatoes and cheese.

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