Sunday, November 15, 2020

Thanksgiving Poutine with Victoria Hamilton




 Please help us welcome Victoria Hamilton to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen today. I love this recipe. I'm so impressed. After many years on this blog, it's hard to surprise me with a recipe. I am fascinated by the Poutine and must try it.

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Happy Thanksgiving from a Canadian!


Thanksgiving dinner… my favorite meal of the year. I love the turkey, the stuffing, and everything else, including the gravy… lots of gravy! The way we cook our turkey the gravy from just the drippings is delicious, with no need of a boost with bouillon or any such nonsense. And the next day, we have the same meal again! And then after that we have turkey sandwiches, and I make turkey soup, the best soup I make all year. (Can you sense a trend about how I feel about turkey?)


But… how much turkey and stuffing can you eat before it’s too much? I’ve tried the casserole ubiquitous on Pinterest… you know the one, with the turkey and stuffing and all the trimmings in a casserole dish. It’s… okaaaay. But not good enough for all the trouble it is. So after our Canadian Thanksgiving in October I decided I wanted to do something different with the leftovers. We still had so much turkey and stuffing.


I’m Canadian (not French Canadian, but Canadian nonetheless), so my mind naturally turns to… Poutine. Have you ever had Poutine? In its classic French Canadian Quebecois form Poutine is French fries, cheese curds and lots of brown gravy hot enough to burn your tongue so it melts the cheese. Anglos have co-opted it - of course - and now Poutine is on every fast food restaurant menu in Canada, with a thousand variations, French fries being the base ingredient in them all. I have had Poutine with cheeseburger toppings (chopped up burgers and cheddar, with gravy) and an Italian version with pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce. Even fast food restaurants up here have Poutine on their menu!


I think I actually dreamed this recipe. Have you ever dreamed a recipe? This came to me and I’m happy it did. Anyway, with apologies to my French Canadian brother and sisters, here is my own version, Thanksgiving Poutine, a wonderful way to use up turkey, stuffing and gravy!


Thanksgiving Poutine



2 Cups Leftover Turkey, chopped into bite size pieces or shredded.

1 Cup Leftover Stuffing; you should be able to break this up into smallish pieces as well.

1 Pound Frozen French Fries (or equivalent homemade.) (I used Southern Style frozen fries for some zip!)

1 Tsp Ground Thyme

½ Tsp Old Bay

1 or 2 Tbsp Turkey Drippings (or olive oil)

2 Cups Turkey Gravy

2 Cups grated cheese (I used a mix of Monterey Jack and old cheddar.)

Cranberry Sauce (optional)



1 – Cube or shred the turkey and stuffing ahead of time.

2 - Preheat oven to whatever the directions on the frozen fries packaging says. Prepare the baking sheet – I use parchment under my oven fries to protect the baking sheet - and put the French fries in the oven to bake. They usually take about 20 minutes or so, but follow their recommendation. You could make your own fries, if you are so inclined, and you could certainly deep fry your French fries if you like.

3 – Warm the cubed or shredded turkey gently in a nonstick frying pan in some of the turkey drippings, or olive oil. Sprinkle the thyme and Old Bay over it and toss it gently as you heat the turkey. Leave room in the pan to warm the stuffing, as well, but do not put it on high heat! You don’t want to fry the turkey and stuffing, you just want it heated thoroughly.

4 – Grate the cheese and heat your leftover gravy. If you don’t have any leftover gravy, then make some packaged gravy.

5 – When the fries are done put some in a shallow bowl, layer some hot turkey, stuffing and cheese over it, a few more fries, some more turkey, stuffing, cheese and then, last but not least, drown it in piping hot gravy, which will melt the cheese. Serve immediately. Some may want a little cranberry sauce with it.


Enjoy! This is a decadent treat, easy and so very very good as a lunch or dinner. When I served this the comment was “Mmmmph… sooo good! You have to make this again.” I think it would be particularly popular with kids/teens/grandkids.









I would LOVE to hear what you all do with Thanksgiving leftovers. Do you make turkey salad? (I do,

with dried cranberries!) Or do you have a leftover turkey dish you swear by? I will choose one winner from all commenters to win a $20 USD Amazon or B&N gift card, all readers welcome! I will also send out bookmarks to some selected commenters in the US and Canada… let me know in your comment if you’d like to be considered for bookmarks!


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  1. Welcome. Oh but this sounds like a wonderful dish. Thanks for sharing. After thanksgiving I love to make Turkey Crepes. It is our once a year, two weeks after turkey day that we enjoy these. I will also make turkey sandwiches and turkey on top of salads. I tried turkey soup one time. Yah didnt turn out so good. Not sure what went wrong. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  2. Wow! I love this idea. It's such a fun, creative twist on a classic. Thanksgiving ingredients seem to lend themselves quite well to poutine. My leftover creations typically depend on what amounts of everything is left. I find that some things go much faster than others. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    abigailfbn @ yahoo dot com

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  4. Your recipe is one our family would probably enjoy. I like making creamy turkey and wild rice soup with some of the leftovers.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. You’re recipe sounds so good! We don’t really have any Thanksgiving recipes for our leftovers. We usually just heat them up and eat them again or make turkey sandwiches. Maybe I’ll be adventurous this year and try out your recipe. 😍

  6. I would love a bookmark! And while I've never had poutine, that recipes looks delicious!! I usually use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers to make a casserole or just to use in sandwiches. ladyofshalott03(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Would love to win a bookmarker.

  8. Usually make open face sandwiches covered with stuffing and gravy. My mom's dad was the Province of Quebec. He was French Canadian. I do not remember this dish it must be more modern. He was born in 1879 and died in 1960.

  9. That looks amazing!
    I make Thanksgiving sandwiches or wraps. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on bread or in a wrap. Heat it up and yum!

  10. WHile this sounds real good, I have to say I would not try it as I really prefer my fries plain with just some Ketchup/ As for Thanksgiving leftovers, we do like using some turkey and dressing in eggs. Then just using most normally.

    nancyb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. That looks amazing!
    I make Thanksgiving sandwiches or wraps. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on bread or in a wrap. Heat it up and yum!

  12. My mom used to take the leftover potatoes and the leftover rutabaga, mash them together, form small patties, and then fry them in a frying pan. Sometimes, she would add chopped onion. I loved them!

  13. That sounds good! This year, I want to try making Turkey noodle soup with leftovers. Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love a bookmark.

  14. That sounds good! This year, I want to try making Turkey noodle soup with leftovers. Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love a bookmark.

  15. This recipe sounds like a great way to use up our Thanksgiving leftovers for this year. For our leftovers it depends on what they are. For the turkey we usually make sandwiches, diced it up to be put into Gumbo, and be divided up with the stuffing into little Ziploc bags for a meal for later. The mashed potatoes we either put it in container to be heated up for another meal, make it into potato soup, and or make shepherds pie with it.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  16. Never had poutine but it sure sounds good. I love Thanksgiving leftovers. I'm disappointed if I don't get a couple turkey sandwiches after. If there's a lot, some might go to turkey pot pie. Will definitely have to try this recipe, hopefully we have enough leftovers.
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Would love a bookmark too.

  17. I do several things with leftover turkey. One is a casserole with turkey, some frozen vegetables and dressing mixed with turkey gravy. The other is turkey soup with mixed vegetables and noodles. There is also the open face hot turkey sandwich. I would love to be considered for a bookmark.

  18. I rarely have Thanksgiving leftovers because I don’t usually get together with family until Christmas. So I enjoy a quiet day, watch some football and start unpacking Christmas decorations. Your recipe, however, sounds fantastic.

  19. I've never thought about a turkey salad before with the dried cranberries but it sounds yummy. We usually make soup or a shepherds pie or open faced sandwiches. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)cp,

  20. Karen B
    Sounds wonderful but I'm in assisted living and no longer cook. If there are leftovers from our meal I'll either reheat or freeze. kpbarnett1941(at)aol(dot)com

  21. Not even sure I will be getting turkey this year. The store said they were out of Turkey breast. So we see. But the recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

    Pugpower63 at Gmail Dot Com

  22. Your recipe is so delectable and wonderful. I love leftovers and make salads and turkey stew and soups. Being Canadian your post was so special and meaningful. I loved the idea and creativity as well as your interesting thoughts. Thanks for your beautiful ideas. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. That sounds delicious and is going on my list of leftover turkey recipes for sure. We go through the stages of Thanksgiving leftovers: full plates of everything, then little sandwiches on dinner or Hawaiian rolls, and I've been making Turkey Devonshire for years (and years, since my children were small). I clipped the recipe from a magazine, just a thickened sauce with gravy and Swiss cheese, bacon, slices of turkey on toast. Yummy!

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I love all your series but have just discovered Lady Anne on audio. About one-third of the way through Curse of the Gypsy and was thrilled to see the Menacing Mystic, hopefully at soon.

  24. I love leftovers.
    Turkey sandwiches are my favorite: turkey, cranberry sauce, mayo, good bread, maybe some nice lettuce, a touch of mustard.
    I enjoy your books. A great variety in the series.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  25. I love poutine! We're not a turkey family, so we always have a big ham. One of my favorite things to do is take the leftover ham bone and create a rich stock for soup, usually involving lentils for the New Year.

  26. Poutine is a unique and enticing indulgence. Each time I visit Montreal I treat myself to this extraordinary dish and savor every single bite. For leftovers which the family enjoys I make a roasted dish in the oven filled with tasty morsels. Our mainstay all fall and winter are soups and nothing beats turkey soup. I was swooning over your recipe and will be making it for sure. Everyone will have a great surprise. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. That sounds absolutely amazing. I usually have a turkey sandwich on crusty bread.. if we still have gravy leftover there's always the yummy turkey and gravy open face sandwich with mashed potatoes.. I'm going to try the salad, that sounds yummy too. Thank you for the chance.

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  29. I would love to be considered for bookmarks.

    I don't eat turkey. I'm a ham person. We tend to just eat leftover ham and dressing through Saturday and usually that takes care of all the leftovers.

  30. I forgot to say I would love to be considered for bookmarks! Thanks.

  31. We make turkey sliders using the Hawaiian rolls. Smear on spicy mustard, sliced turkey, provalone cheese and cranberry sauce. Tossed salad on the side> Actually, since my family is grown and not always available on Thanksgiving, it is my main Thanksgiving meal for my husband and myself and whoever shows up.