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We've all heard about the fusions in the foodie world lately. There are familiar places that serve Mexican American cuisine or Asian Fusion, and there are odd couplings like Italian-Korean, Mexican-Chinese, or Japanese-French food. Fusion cuisines have been around since the 70s, and recently, food trucks are the ones embracing it most often. Here at the Church of Poutine, we have dabbled in a bit of poutine fusions, but none like this one. We created a Sushi Poutine.
The Church of Poutine family has an annual tradition for Thanksgiving. As chefs, we always work on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, birthdays, New Years - you get it. We don't get holidays off. We skip the turkey, stuffing, pie and potatoes. We don't eat the cranberry sauce, take a nap, and then snack on some ham. We have a Japanese inspired Thanksgiving meal. When our schedules match up perfectly, we get dressed up and head to my favorite place of all time : Uchi. We dine on some of the best food every created, so thoughtful and creative. We use our chopsticks as walrus teeth, embarrass each other, and anticipate each new dish the chef is preparing for us.
This year was just a bit different though, as we decided to bring our annual Thanksgiving "fusion" to our own home. We rolled our own sushi, and served up dim sum, scallion pancakes, fried spring rolls, roasted brussels sprouts, shishito peppers, and some creative sauces and condiments. This was the first year we went all out, instead of going out, and it was a huge hit. Our family and friends get together inspired this new poutine. The Sushi Poutine. Handcut and twice fried french fries & Wisconsin cheese curds, wrapped in sweet and vinegary sushi rice and hand rolled in nori. Served alongside a shitake mushroom and ginger-soy gravy. It may not be authentic, but this dish perfectly describes the fusion of our family.