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I know what you’re thinking….game time still? And yes people it is still game time! Remember… I live in a home full of guys and that means that just because the so called “big game” is over and done, there are plenty more sports events to take it’s place. While football season has drawn to a close, in my home that means it’s time for….wait for it….basketball! And while I had my football dishes down to an art, basketball season opens up opportunities for a whole new type of game time grub that my guys love!
Now, I have to tell you, I love basketball season for two major reasons. The first is that I can actually watch the game indoors. But it’s not just the game. With basketball, homegating takes place around our kitchen table, meaning that I can create dishes that are best served piping hot with no need to pack them up and take them on the go.
The second reason I love basketball season is because in my mind, the perfect game time food is fries! And man on man, can I ever please my guys with Alexia fries. But this year I decided that instead of serving our fries the classic way I wanted to mix things up and give this game time favorite a Southern twist! Are you ready?
Now we all know that in the south fries are most often served with some combination of chili and cheese. But let me be honest, that can get old. So recently I’ve been looking for new ways to make game time delicious. As I was researching recipes I can across something this Southerner has never had the chance to try….the traditional northern Poutine. Now what is Poutine you ask? Well it’s a Canadian dish where your fries are topped with gravy and cheese curds. However, here in the south, we do things a little different. And, honestly, we’re a little looser with our interpretations. So I decided right then and there that for this Southern girl, Poutine meant fries topped with some type of sauce and cheese. Easy peasy right? Right! But that was just the beginning because honestly, the options were endless.
Knowing that fries were essential and toppings were a must I headed to Walmart to pick up a variety of Alexia options.
As I stood in the frozen potato aisle, I just couldn’t decide between tasty, high quality Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries. Knowing that I had three very hungry guys at home I decided to pick up both and throw in some Crispy Onion Rings for good measure!
After picking up a few out of the box topping items that were top secret (don’t worry, we’ll get to those soon) I headed home to put together a game day grub version of Poutine that I was sure the entire family would adore.
Knowing how indecisive I had been in the store I decided to do two different dishes – one that was more of a first quarter meal and one that had added sweetness for when the game was winding down. Since I’m all about keeping first things first, let’s start with our main attraction which I lovingly call Avocado and Bacon Poutine.
Knowing that I wanted something savory and delicious but totally on taste with my winter cravings, I had picked up avocados and bacon while on my shopping trip at Walmart. At first I thought about cubing the avocados over the fries but then, inspired by the idea of a “gravy-like” Poutine topping, I decided to make an avocado “gravy”. It was as simple as putting two rips avocados (peeled and pitted of course) into the blender, adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro. Then I turned on the blender and wa-la, my creation started to take shape!
Although it was cold, the avocado “gravy” very much had the same texture as a thick and hearty gravy and I knew my end dish would be just perfect. I popped my Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries into the oven, baked them according to the directions on the bag and when they were piping hot out of the oven, I assembled my dish.
All this required was placing my hot fries on a plate, sprinkling shredded cheese over the top, pouring on my avocado “gravy” and topping the creation with crumbled bacon.
Let me just say that YUM doesn’t even begin to describe this dish! It is bright and beautiful and did I mention that it tastes amazing! In fact, it was the perfect game time grub for us to nosh on during the whole first half of the weekend’s game!
But as all of you know, I never go a day without satisfying my sweet tooth and since I had Alexia Sweet Potato Fries on hand, I decided to make a second version of my take on Poutine, only this time my substitutions were full of delicious sweetness!
I will admit this dish came out looking more like classic Poutine because of the color and texture of the caramel but it tasted totally different! It was full of delicious sweetness that the family just couldn’t get enough of!
After cooking my Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, I topped them with basic caramel sauce and a confectioner’s sugar icing that I made by mixing one cup of Confectioner’s Sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk.
It was like a party in our mouths and the perfect treat for the second half of the game. I have to say that these fries flew off the plate and all of my guys were shocked at how deliciously tasty they were! And the best part is that both of these dishes were so easy to make! With game time grub that is this simple and delicious, I have no doubt that I’ll be scoring with my dishes all season long!
Now, on game day (or any other day for that matter) I know that I have delicious dishes that are sure to make my biggest fans cheer! Whether I serve one or both of my Southern interpretations of Poutine, I’ll know that I can’t go wrong with game day snacking as long as I start with Alexia fries!
So as you prepare for your celebrations, your gatherings to cheer on your favorite team or simply your time together, be sure to take this Southern girl’s advice and think outside the box with these delicious dishes! Then remember that cooking should be fun, game time grub should be delicious and any creation is possible when you start with Alexia Fries and add in a little imagination.
And to my Northern friends….don’t worry. I’ll try your classic Poutine recipe one day soon. But until then, I’ll hope you’ll love how this Southern girl gave your Northern tradition a game day twist!
To start creating your game day grub to fuel all your game time celebrations, be sure to head to Walmart and pick up Alexia Fries and Onion rings. Then get creative in the kitchen and you too can be the MVP of all your big game celebrations!
Tell me, what will you top your Alexia Fries with for game time success?