Fresh cheese curds and ham are served over top of crispy tater tots and then
smothered in a turkey gravy in this easy to make Ham & Cheese Tater Tot Poutine...
Let's chat poutine for a minute, shall we? Some of you all may recall that my obsession with this delicious Canadian dish actually began for me in Orlando, Florida of all places. While I was attending the Food & Wine Conference there this past July, we were treated to an amazing poutine bar for lunch during one day of the conference. I bounced around from station to station falling in love just a little more with each cheesy, gravy laden bite. All poutine dishes have at least three basic ingredients- cheese curds, gravy, and french fries. Once you have those three things covered, the tasty variations and possibilities for poutine are endless.
Once I came home from my Food & Wine Conference experience, I desperately wanted to recreate and experiment with some versions of poutine myself at home. The only issue was that cheese curds are sort of hard to come by in West Virginia. Cheese curds are usually a product of local dairy farms, and dairy farms are few and far between in my state. That is why when I was invited to attend the Ohio Dairy Adventure in September I jumped on that chance! With visits to two local dairy farms and a stop at Pearl Valley Cheese on the trip's agenda, I was sure to get my hands on some fresh cheese curds. And once I found some, you had better believe that I stocked up on them. ;)
Once of the first things that I made with my cheese curds after returning home from my visit to Ohio's dairy country was this Ham & Cheese Tater Tot Poutine. Fresh cheese curds and ham are served over top of crispy tater tots and then smothered in a turkey gravy. This is the perfect busy weeknight or lazy weekend comfort food, folks...
Ham & Cheese Tater Tot Poutine
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
- About 1 lb. of frozen tater tots
- Generous 1 cup of chopped or sliced ham (can use leftover ham or deli ham)
- 12 oz jar of turkey gravy (or homemade- this is also a great way to use up leftover gravy)
- 6-8 oz of fresh cheese curds
Prepare the tater tots according to the package directions. During the last 5 minutes of baking, heat the turkey gravy in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until heated through.
Feel free to give the sliced or chopped ham a quick saute in a small skillet. Otherwise, just heat through in the microwave for about a minute.
Pile some of the tater tots on a plate. Add some of the ham and cheese curds. Top with a nice ladle of the turkey gravy. Repeat for each serving.
Dig in & enjoy!
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This Ham & Cheese Tater Tot Poutine is also the perfect way to use up those holiday dinner leftovers. You can easily substitute chopped holiday ham for the sliced ham. And use any leftover gravy from the turkey or mashed potatoes to pour over top. :)
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