Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Badger Poutine

Cheese curds, gravy, and french fries, OH MY! You may be rubbing your eyes or pinching yourself in disbelief as you feast your eyes upon this savory poutine smothered between two pieces of delicious beer bread.  But let me assure you, this is real life and really, really, really scrumptious. And what better way to celebrate April (which is National Grilled Cheese Month) than by paying homage to the great state of Wisconsin for their amazing contributions to cheese.  Wisconsin Cheese Talk, you know I love ya.



With a little inspiration from the Wisconsin culture of cheese and beer consumption, I present to you the ingredients:


 Ingredients

- 12 Wisconsin Cheese Curds
- a handful of french fries
- 1.5 tbs of brown gravy
- 2 pats of unsalted butter
- 2 slices of beer bread
  (1 dark beer, room temp, 3 cups of
   self rising flour, 3 tbs of sugar,
   1 pinch of salt, a few sprays of pam)




We all know that Cheese heads love their beer, so I thought it was only fitting to incorporate this cultural staple into this Wisconsin themed grilled cheese.  Beer bread is not only absolutely delicious and addicting, but it's probably the easiest and quickest bread I've ever made! 

To make it all you need is 1 room temperature dark beer (suggested beer would be Wisoconsin's own Capital Dark or Sprecher Winter Brew), 3 cups of self-rising flour, 3 tbs of sugar, and 1 pinch of salt.  Combine all the ingredients, grease two loaf pans, distribute batter equally and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.  Allow to cool for about an hour before you make the grilled cheese. So easy, right?!

Once the bread has cooled down, melt the two pats of butter in your pan over medium heat.  




When the butter is about done melting, turn down the heat to medium/low and add the two pieces of beer bread directly on top of the butter.  Once they're in, gently press down and rub the pieces around to soak up all the butter. 



Directly after that, place a few cheese curds on each slice of bread and space them evenly apart.  If you've never had Wisconsin cheese curds, I highly suggest that you leave your computer RIGHT NOW and find them.  These squeaky little morsels are best when they are super fresh (about one day after production) which might make you think "hmmmm, well how the heck do I find fresh Wisconsin cheese curds?"  I thought the same thing, especially since I was in FL while I was developing this grilled cheese.  Luckily, after some googling I found a local farmers market in Daytona, FL that sold the authentic curds.  I ate about half the bag on the drive home, managing to save the perfect amount for one grilled cheese.




Anyways, back to the recipe…now you'll just wait until the cheese curds start to melt.  Make sure to check the bottom of the bread to see that it's not burning.  It took about five minutes until the cheese looked like the last picture.  The process is just too dang pretty not to document, so here it is... because I'm just a little obsessed with melting cheese.



 Once the cheese has almost melted completely, you'll be ready to add the french fries. Just stack 'em evenly onto each side.


Right when you finish that step, carefully spoon the hot gravy on top of the french fries.  The melted cheese sort of creates a gravy boundary, which will keep your bread from getting soggy.  


At this point, the bread should be crispy and golden so you'll want to gently take the pieces of bread out of the skillet and smush together.



Now just slice it, crack open a nice cold delicious Wisconsin beer and get your taste buds ready for some extreme eating!  




I hope everyone has an amazing grilled cheese month! Bon Appetit!



xoxo,



GCS

110 comments:

  1. This kind of reminds me of a Rutgers fat sandwich from the grease trucks.

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  2. Amazing....I love cheese curds when I can find them...What a great way to serve them.. Good luck in LA....

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  3. I've never had poutine with orange cheese curds! Only white! (And I've eaten them in EVERY province! haha)

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  4. I just suddenly got EXTREMELY hungry! Wow, what a fabulous grilled cheese concept!

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  5. Dang you just made my baby freak out in my belly...must...have...this...right...NOW!!!!!!

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  6. I'm so greedy and your blog is delicious.
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  7. Nothing but PERFECT!!!!

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  8. HOLY MOLLY! THAT is what i call food porn at it's best!!!!

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  9. This sandwich pairs well with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz89dO1F7fs

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  10. omg. so indulgent! Looks amazinggg.

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  11. ohmygodd..
    that looks so fucking delicious!
    What a beautiful pictures of it..
    Woow!

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  12. Oh my word!!! YUM! I am so making this!!!
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  13. Oh Em Gee. You are evil!! (I'm drooling)

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  14. Holy eff this blog is neato.

    I saw it on the "Blogs of Note" section on Blogger and figured there was no way it could be devoted entirely to grilled cheese. And it is. The Dairyman's Council of America should give you a medal.

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  15. OH Man ... does this look delish!!! :) I will have to try this one... It looks like a must! :)

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  16. I’ve never learned so much from any other blog post. Enjoyed reading this today.

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  17. Yummy!so delicious.

    Thanks for sharing

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen a Blog of Note!

    Steve
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  19. Oh,my dear you have just added a new sin to the list of seven. Cheesy,Beery,lustgreediness.
    I wish I could wordsmythe the sounds coming from my digestive zones.
    All I have left to say is just before I finish the last bite, you dial nine...then...one..and then when I swallow the last bit...hit ONE!
    I will be content,Thanks,

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  20. Found you thru Blogs of Note...Congrats!

    I'm reading all the comments, and everyone seems to have heard of a poutine (and, obviously enjoys one on occasion), but I am new to the concept. Are they all so decadent???

    I feel a coronary coming on...

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  21. I must try it! Amazing!

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  22. looks delicious and like an insta-heart attack. Love it nonetheless.

    JM

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  23. Congrats on being a blog of note! Your sandwich looks amazing and frankly, there isn't a grilled cheese I wouldn't love!

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  24. i can't stop looking at this amazing creation...yummm!!!

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  25. Ahhhh I want some..
    Congrats on being the Blog of Note =)

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  26. Awesome wee blog. We share a love for cheese.

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  27. Great stuff, really tempting, original recipe!

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  28. yummm, i really feel like having grilled cheese now. but i'll have to wait till the morning coz it very late, actually early!

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  29. ohhh, its so delicious...but u can also get tips from lee croucher .follow this url to connect.,,
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  30. You are my new hero. Seriously! Love this recipe, love your photos! Thank you!

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  31. Haha this is amazing! I recently discovered your blog, and I love it.

    Added to my favorites, and can't wait to read more.

    What inspired you to write? I'm trying to develop my niche/voice in the blogging world and am always looking for tips.

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  32. Yum. I am super hungry now.


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  33. That food stack might kill one person !

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  34. Hi?
    If I knew you and was near, I hope to say,
    " May I have some?"
    Might be very delicious...

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  35. OMG this looks soo good. Think I'd definitely need to exercise some after though. Your blog is ridiculously good, I love cheese. Just had eggy bread and cheese

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  37. WOW!! I never knew cheese curds existed till today!

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  39. Hello! I am French, your blog is very interesting and this article really makes you want to eat.
    Good luck (sorry if my English is not correct)

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  40. OMG. I think my wife would kill me if I tried to make this. I dont know if I should eat it or fear it.

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  41. Wow. That looks completely disgusting.

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  43. Sounds and looks extremely yummy! I will have to visit your blog more often! Congrats on the blog of note status too. The photography is amazing too. Do you shoot your own stuff?

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  44. I didn't know that April was national grilled cheese month! That's awesome.

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  45. Where have you been all my life?

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  46. I’ve been meaning to read this and just never got a chance. It’s an issue that I’m very interested in, I just started reading and I’m glad I did. You’re a great blogger, one of the best that I’ve seen. This blog definitely has some information on topic that I just wasn’t aware of. Thanks for bringing this stuff to light.

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  47. Ah, l'amour! Poutine's where it's at!

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  48. Oh...my......God! That looks so gross, I can't begin to explain, but perhaps I should tell you I don't like potatoes.

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  49. I'm seeing a long treadmill battle with these one. I guess its really worth to try out this tempting cheese pleasure of yours. Love love love.

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  50. i feel hungry :( give me one xD

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  51. So cheeeeeezzzzzyyyyyy....love it!

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  54. That's naughty. Gravy, cheese, AND french fries on buttery, toasted bread?? I want some!!

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  55. Ok also. I'm giving you the Inspirational Blogger award. I can't get enough of your cheesy goodness! http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2011/05/catching-up-on-awards-and-photos.html

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  56. I've never used cheese curds before. Is there a difference/beneift in using them vs just using regular cheese?

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  57. It does look good. All I got tonight is leftover macaroni from yesterday.

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  58. HOLY MOLEY!!! That is some serious grilled cheese. I can't wait to try this one out.. Looks AMAAAAAAAAzing!

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  59. Those french fries at the top look like teeth. You could make a sandwich that looks like a mouth, I suppose.

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  60. Unbelievable fat content - a heartattack in a sandwich!

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  61. Yummy!!!!!!!!

    Congrats on making blog of note- i can definately see why you did!

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  62. yum..........yum...........yum........yum................yum.............

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  63. That looks sinfully delicious!!!

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  64. This is fantastic. I see the neon sign now...The Grilled Cheese.

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  65. New to the grilledLand....incredible photos...Looking forward to more health conscious meals!

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  66. yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum

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  67. Absolutely love the way you have clicked each and every step.. will definately try at home.. each step made me hungy evn more

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  68. Never thought of combination like this.It sure melted ok:)

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  69. Looks delicious, but I can't imagine eating even half of that without fearing for my arteries.

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  70. Looks delicious
    I hate cook blogs :/

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  71. OMG! I lvoe grilled cheese, but this takes it to a whole other level. Wow. Creative and looks tasty!

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  72. At only one million calories, that's sure to be the next waist cinching miracle snack...

    (...that you'll be daydreaming about while you eat your diet grub.)

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  73. Aw my goodness, it looks so amazing and yet dangerous at the same time. I'd eat this in a minute, gravy and all. Great recipe.

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  74. It looks SO DISCUSSING but it sounds so good! lolz.

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  75. I agree! haha at first for some reason I thought the brown part was ...maple syrup!!! So glad to hear that it's gravy!

    That looks delicious xoxo

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  76. I could feel my arteries hardening as I read this... To me, poutine will remain a Quebec dish, not a sandwich. By the way, how on earth do you get your chops round that thing? Don't you just end up with gravy all over your chin?

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  77. This post made me absolutely starving! x

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  79. Grilled cheese is pretty much my biggest obsession, and this just made my life.

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  80. This is the best looking grilled cheese, I have EVER seen!!! wow, since I work from home I should be able to make this all the time!

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  81. i LOVE poutine! This sandwich looks INSANELY good.

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  83. I seldomly eat grilled cheese but OMG they're all look so yummy. What about the calorie ? :D

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  84. Ye what about calorie? :D
    This looks very tasty...

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  85. That looks so good! Might try it out next week.

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  86. Hi there! I mentioned you on my blog today. Thanks for the YUMMY recipes :)

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  87. What an awesome sandwich! I made this with some leftover poutine.

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  88. Wonder why no one has realized this amazing sandwich was published on 4/20. This is probably the best stoner sandwich ever.

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  89. Drool. Wow. I can't stop drooling!!! That looks amazing!!!

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  90. It looks very delicious, unfortunately i'm trainning for a big trail.

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  91. With sandwiches, we can have a variation of toppings and bread to use which is great.

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  92. I know that exact farmer's market you're talking about and I've had their curds sold by a little old man (along with some really great meat sticks). Those curds are made in the city my dad was born in (Monroe, WI)!

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