Poutine, anyone?We didn't bring any shot glasses with maple leaves home from Canada. Nor moose hats, snow globes, or ashtrays. We figured nobody really wanted random cheap Canadian/Chinese junk, and we sure didn't want to inflict it on anyone. So, in lieu of a souvenir, we decided to cook a Canadian dinner for our nearest and dearest.
The dish we chose is a specialty of Montreal--Poutine! For the uninitiated, poutine is basically french fries with cheese curds and gravy. Not really as nasty as it sounds, it was actually pretty good. For dessert I made maple syrup pies. We had these at a restaurant in Quebec City housed in a building built in 1624. The dessert was fabulous there, so we thought we could recreate it here.
Turns out we have an awful lot of nearest and dearest. There was a lot of family from out of town, so we ended up with 33 people for poutine! My sisters Andrea and Emily made the oceans of fries, and I came through with quarts of gravy.
I made 6 maple syrup pies that were delicious, but tooth-achingly sweet. I suppose since the main ingredients were both sugar, that's to be expected. But with some whipped cream and raspberries, it was pretty good. Not pretty to look at, but it tasted good. We had one pie left over, and used it the next morning on top of oatmeal. Now that was fabulous!
Darling Emily is a magnet for the kids, and they smother her whenever she's around.
Poutine for 30 was one of our most random parties ever, but it was so much fun!