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

JK Grence
Et voilà, poutine at home in less than half an hour.

I do see a potential for a snafu with the cheese curds. If you stray from the kitchen for too long, there's a chance you'll come back to a little bag full of melted cheese. Other than that, it's a piece of cake to throw together.

It's a good, solid, straightforward poutine with everything the way it should be. The gravy imparted a nice flavor to the fries (although I thought it was better with a few grinds of black pepper), and the previously frozen cheese curds had a nice bounce with just a little squeak to them.

The fries could be a little crisper, but I'll happily take less crisp baked fries over those horrible coated fries. And once they're doused in gravy, any chance of crispness goes out the window. I was happy that they didn't skimp on the gravy or cheese. At first it looked like there wasn't much cheese, but once the curds were on top of the fries, the amount was just right. It may not have quite the polish of professionally prepared poutine, but it's perfectly passable in a pinch. (Holy alliteration, Batman!) Which is to say, it's a hell of a lot better than most frozen food out there, just like most every other Trader Joe's frozen dish.

My only real dilemma with this: Do I break it out as a shareable appetizer when friends come over, or make it a real guilty pleasure and scarf down the whole bag while nobody's looking?

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