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Make an oh-so-Canadian Poutine bar for your Canada Day party!

Mushroom or lobster or smoked meat — or all of it! Canada’s 150th is the perfect time to pump up our famous fries.

Any Canadian worth their cheese curds will tell you that it's always a great time for poutine. And if Canada's birthday is a great excuse to have a party with a poutine bar, our 150th is the time to go all out!

Mushrooms and scallions are great vegetarian toppings for poutine (don't forget about switching up your tuber base with sweet potato fries if you'd like!), and smoked meat or (and?!) lobster takes our classic from everyday to extra-special day. Don't forget about the added touches to make your spread festive. We've got ideas here to help you dress up your table, serve your toppings and dine in celebratory style. Don't forget the napkins for those gravy drips!

Make an oh-so-Canadian Poutine bar for your Canada Day party!

CBC Life

4 years ago
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Mushroom or lobster or smoked meat — or all of it! Canada’s 150th is the perfect time to pump up our famous fries. 1:08

Here's what you'll need:

For decoration

  • Plaid table runner
  • Rustic wooden trays
  • Fresh cedar sprigs for accents
  • Mini Canadian flags and labels for marking the food

For serving

  • Grated cheese and/or cheese curds
  • Aluminum buckets, cleaned
  • Parchment paper for lining the buckets
  • Wooden boats
  • Wooden forks
  • Single-serving sized take-out containers or bowls for serving

Topping suggestions

  • Chopped and sauteed mushrooms
  • Pre-cooked, shredded lobster meat
  • Pulled pork
  • Thinly sliced smoked meat
  • Chopped, cooked bacon
  • Grated cheese and/or cheese curds
  • Sliced scallions
  • Beef and/or vegetarian gravy, kept hot in a serving vessel
  • Freshly made french fries and/or sweet potato fries

Here's how to do it:

  1. Cover your table with your plaid runner, place wooden trays toward the back, and weave cedar sprigs throughout.
  2. Place your mushrooms, lobster and meat toppings separately in parchment-lined aluminum buckets, and place them on the wooden trays. Place your cheese(s) and scallions in the wooden boats and place them on your runner. Set out fries and utensils in the take-out containers. Finally, set out your piping hot gravy!
  3. Eat immediately, while the fries and gravy are hot; fill a serving container ¾ of the way full with fried and then toppings of your choice, with the cheese and scallions sprinkled on last. Pour gravy over top to melt the cheese, and dig in.

Creator: Victoria Simpson, A Side of Vogue

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