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Poutine is a diner staple which originated in Quebec but nowadays can be found across Canada. It is a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy or sauce and sometimes additional ingredients. The French fries are of medium thickness, and fried so that the inside stays soft, while the outside is crunchy. The gravy used is generally a light chicken, veal or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper, or a sauce brune which is a combination of beef and chicken stock. Heavy beef or pork-based brown gravies are rarely used. To maintain the texture of the fries, the cheese curd and gravy is added immediately prior to serving the dish. The Poutine is sold by national fast food chains, in small diners and pubs and by roadside wagons.

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