Poutine is a Canadian export that recently entered my consciousness. It’s traditionally fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. There are a million different twists – I’ve even had Thanksgiving poutine at a great local restaurant. Even though most of these are great ideas, the original formula still can’t be beat… except french fries can be a little more effort than one person wants to put in for a single serving on a weeknight. So, here we have a convenient and delicious version that comes together super fast and is easy on the wallet.
While the tots are cooking, you have just enough time to bring together the gravy. We’ll rely on the old 70-cent package we’ve all had at our grandma’s house at some point. This is not a time to be a gravy snob. It’s delicious, and will compliment the cheese curds perfectly. The cheese curds, by the way, can be found in a small package in your grocery store’s specialty cheese section. They’re inexpensive and come in a variety of flavors. For this version, I went with the classic natural, but if you want to mix it up, the Cajun version would be a flavorful touch.
In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a plate of crispy potato goodness topped with creamy cheddar and blanketed in flavorful brown gravy. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a perfect way to treat yourself. No restaurant or air fryer required. I present to you…Canadian Totchos, or Kentucky Poutine as I like to call it.
Tater Tot Poutine
- Air fryer or oven
- Stock pot
- 1/2 bag Tater tots, or tater rounds/crowns I prefer tater rounds
- 1 package Brown gravy
- 5 oz Cheddar cheese curds
- Preheat your air fryer, or oven to 400 degrees.
- Use cooking spray on both trays, and add half a bag of tater tots.
- Cook for 10 – 15 minutes (I went 15 minutes, but prefer extra crispy tots), flipping every 5 minutes. Prepare brown gravy in stock pot according to package instructions.
- Combine tater tots, cheese curds, and then cover with brown gravy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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