Hockey playoffs! You’re gonna need some poutine.
Rather than make a packet of gravy (St Hubert is authentic), I like to just go ahead and make a big pot of sloppy pulled beef, which generates its own gravy. You’ll need a pot roast or brisket – something that has tons of tough connective tissues that requires a low, slow braise to break down. At the end it will be ultra-tender and flavourful, soft enough to pull apart with forks.
Leftovers make for good sandwiches, served on soft white buns. I figure when I do a roast I may as well do a big one and have leftovers – it takes exactly the same amount of time and effort, with leftovers to keep in the fridge or freeze for another day.
Pulled Beef Poutine
This works just as well in the slow cooker – brown it first if you like, or just toss it all in – and you can get away with cutting back on the stock by half or more.
canola or olive oil, for cooking
2-3 lb. beef pot roast, such as blade, cross rib or brisket
salt and pepper
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3-4 russet or Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into thin wedges
1 cup cheese curds
green onions, chopped
Preheat the oven to 275F.
Set a heavy, ovenproof pot over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Pat the beef dry with paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper; brown the meat on all sides in the pot. Push it to the side (or remove it and set it aside) and add the onion to the pot; cook for a few minutes, until starting to turn golden. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Return the meat to the pan and add the stock, barbecue sauce, wine and Worcestershire. Cover and braise in the oven for 3 hours – or put everything into a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
When the meat is done, pull it apart with two forks right in the pot, and turn the oven up to 425F. Put the potatoes on a heavy baking sheet, drizzle generously with oil, toss with your hands to coat the wedges well and spread out in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
Top the fries with warm beef and sauce, cheese curds and green onion. Serve immediately.
Serves 4, with extra beef left over for sandwiches.