Poutine on the menu, eh?

It’s official.  We here in the test kitchen are adding poutine as a new item to the Gnome Hole menu.  And I’m not just saying that because I haven’t had dinner yet, or have been reading articles about it lately.  For those of you who know what it is, you’re welcome.  For those who don’t, you’ll thank me later.

Poutine and I were introduced several years back when I was on a business trip in Calgary.  I had no idea what it was, but when I read the menu description, I was a goner.  So, for those of you who don’t know what it is, here’s the deal:  Take some french fries, toss in some cheese curds, then drown it all in a delicious brown gravy.  Canadian Cheese Fries.  From there, you can make all sorts of variations.

First up, Yard Bird Poutine.  We’ll start out with hot zesty house fries and fresh cheese curds. Then, we’ll top it with shredded house-roasted chicken and drown everything in the best brown ale gravy you’ve ever tasted.  If you want to dress it up more, we’ll offer bacon, sour cream and scallions.  Pair it with one of our amazing craft brews, and you’re all set!  You’re welcome.

Throughout the year, we’ll offer different takes on the original, based on what’s currently available.  Think crawfish, fresh gulf shrimp, bbq brisket, ground house-made bratwurst, pulled pork, chili, beer braised short-ribs….the possibilities are endless.  Hungry yet?

For those of you who don’t eat meat, or want something a little healthier, you have my deepest sympathy.  Just kidding!  I’m working on some menu ideas for you too, so stay tuned.

I’ll be attending the TRA (Texas Restaurant Association) Marketplace at the end of the month, meeting food suppliers, equipment vendors, and attending some interesting workshops (Beer and Food Pairing, anyone?).  I’m really excited about the things I’ll learn and connections I’ll make there, and will have lots of information to share with you after that.  Until then, I’ll be playing in the kitchen!

Have a great week!


*Top photo by The Kozy Shack.

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