Trader Joe's Now Sells Frozen Poutine. Watch Out, Waistlines

JK Grence

The Guilty Pleasure: Poutine
Where To Get It: Trader Joe's, locations Valleywide
Price: $3.99
What It Really Costs: Good news: Only 200 calories a serving. Bad news: One bag is almost six servings.

I love the frozen food section at Trader Joe's. There's almost always an entrée or two from there in my freezer for nights when I get home from work and the most mundane of cooking tasks seems insurmountable. The quality is generally higher than your average grocer's frozen food, with pronounceable ingredients and a wide variety of international fare.

On a recent visit to Trader Joe's, I was tickled to see that someone thought to add oh-so-trendy poutine to the frozen food roster.

See also: Beaver Choice vs. Welcome Diner: Poutine Punchdown

I'm a poutine purist. There are some great versions at upscale gastropubs, but they usually get so loaded with other ingredients that they aren't poutine anymore. Give me something closer to the one I ate on a very regular basis when I worked at the ever-delicious Beaver Choice, thank you very much.

Thankfully, the TJ's folks kept it straightforward, with just fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds, the way poutine should be. Assembly is simple enough. The fries are loose in the bag, and the gravy and cheese curds are kept in their own separate bags. Bake the fries for a little over 20 minutes, and thaw the gravy and cheese in a pan of gently simmering water. Once the fries and gravy are hot and the cheese isn't frozen stiff anymore, pile everything on a plate, run it under the broiler for a moment to get the gravy piping hot, and dig in.

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