Sunday, 26 January 2014

RAW VEGAN POUTINE: IS THIS REAL LIFE?


Yes, yes, this is real life. My friend told me awhile ago that I should try making a raw vegan version of a Canadian culinary favourite: poutine. This is the result and I've gotta say I'm pretty happy with it. Poutine is a dish that originates from Quebec (if I'm not mistaken) and includes a hearty serving of french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Not exactly a health food but hey, people love it. And I love this. Well... loved*. It's in my stomach now.

The "fries" are slices of jicama (a turnip-like sweet root) coated in spices and olive oil, the gravy is a mushroom-onion sauce and the "cheese curds" are spoonfuls of a creamy cashew-herb cheeze. I added avocado and chives to mine for extra colour and more textures. I'm not claiming this tastes like the original, and it doesn't even really look like it, but guess what: I don't care. This is a delicious, healthful recipe all by itself that just happens to be inspired by poutine, and there's nothing wrong about that. Dig in.


RAW VEGAN POUTINE with MUSHROOM GRAVY, CASHEW CHEEZE & JICAMA FRIES 

Fries:
1 jicama 
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt, pepper, chili
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 

Gravy:
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 onion
2 teaspoons tamari (or salt, to taste)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
2 dates
Water, as needed

Cashew cheeze:
1 cup cashews
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon each of basil, rosemary, turmeric, dill
Water, as needed

To make the fries: peel and slice the jicama into fries then coat in the other ingredients and dehydrate for a few hours or leave as is. You can also use your oven at it's lowest temperature. 

To make the gravy: blend all the ingredient until smooth, adding water as needed. Adjust according to taste. 

To make the cheeze: same instructions as the gravy, adding as little water as possible. Leave in the fridge overnight so it thickens up. Top off your fries with cheeze, grazy, chives and avocado. Some salsa and nut meat would be great additions too. Nom. 

18 comments:

  1. Mot mistaken, this is from Québec ans IS delicious... Yet so unhealthy. Thanks for that recipe!

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  2. I'm from Russia, so i read: Raw vegan Putin :DDD And the recipe is great, you are awesome ;))

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  3. This looks delicious; you are seriously a genius and a blessing.

    Quick question, though. Is jicama a pretty common vegetable/root? As in, where did you buy it? I've never seen it at Whole Foods, which is the only place I can think to look for it. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough?

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    1. Jicama is not very common in Canada (although every where in Mexico!). I live in Ontario and have found it at Superstore and at No Frills ans some of the Asian Grocers. You could try asking the produce manager at your supermarket as well. It's really good!

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    2. I have actually seen jicama at Whole Foods (near me, at least). It was sliced in containers alongside the pre-cut fruit.

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  4. I cant wait to try this out tonight! Hope my hubby likes it..

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  5. That looks so good! I really want to try that gravy recipe.

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  6. Vegetarian poutine. no problem- vegan poutine well okay- raw vegan poutine- WOW! :)

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    1. Haha I'd have to agree - I'm gonna make vegan (not raw) poutine with my friend soon and it's gonna be pretty much effortless! You can make anything vegan ;)

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  7. Beautiful! I love the pics too. I've never heard of poutine but it does make me want to try this version. Just need to find jicama in Cambridge! Jerusalem artichoke comes pretty close though so I'll try it with that:) Thanks for posting!

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  8. I'm from Montreal so this city basically breathes off poutines! I never liked them but this version looks soooo good! Definitely going to give it a try! I'd love to share it with all my poutine loving friends hahaha

    Melissa @ nourishbymelissa.com

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  9. I'd BOGART all that.... Hippy Mom:)

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  10. Holy moley! Em, this so clever and looks absolutely incredible <3

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  11. Is jicama easier to chop up than turnips? I just made some pickled turnips and beets recently because I love them, but the turnip was a huge hassle!

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  12. Love it! A former poutine-lover, this looks like a delicious experiment waiting to happen. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. Ohhh my. How have I not seen this yet?! This looks incredible. I can't wait to make it! What a vegan genius you are :)

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  14. i'm from montreal, and this version of poutine looks so much better to me than the original! ah i wish i could find jicama more easily where i live... i would make this in an instant. nice work :D!

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