A twist on the Canadian potato classic, this Italian Poutine Pie has a hash brown crust, marinara and meatballs topped with gooey Mozzarella! This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are those of the individual bloggers.
When I was a junior in high school, my dad took a sabbatical year and moved the family up to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he taught physics at UBC. Moving from the flat farmland in central Iowa to the Pacific Northwest with beaches and mountains was not difficult. But adjusting to a new school and leaving my dearest friends behind was tough on a teenage girl. I shouldn’t have fretted as being an American with a southern drawl drew lots of attention and soon I had many new friends. There was no language barrier (other than a few words I had to relearn—aboot for about, bean for been, zed for “Z”), but there were some cultural differences. I remember sitting in the cafeteria observing my classmates shaking vinegar on their French fries. I continued to eat mine with a light sprinkling of salt. No funny stuff. But I was delighted when my friends introduced me to Nanaimo bars and Cadbury Caramilk (the US version is not nearly as sublime). But poutine, the Canadian dish of French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, was never on my radar. Knowing that I was not enamored with what my Canuck friends did with their fries, I doubt I would have gone for poutine, either. Many years later, I’m the least picky eater in my family; so when thinking about a twist on these cheesy fries, I knew I’d have to create something my gang would adore. When I mentioned a hash brown crust to the hubby, he nodded in agreement. I had a starting point.
My plain Jane family loves Italian food. Simple meatballs, marinara, and mozzarella are A-OK with the crew. With a pie plate filled with hash browns made with my favorite russet Idaho® potatoes, I popped it in the oven to get nice and crispy. Then I filled the crust with homemade meatballs and a marinara gravy before topping with a sprinkling of Parmesan and fresh mozzarella. Another stint in the oven warmed my Italian poutine pie. The aroma was heavenly—a wonderful sign. Bill’s, “Hey, this is good,” was all I needed to know I had a winner. A “poutine” that pleased even the pickiest palate.
I used to grab potatoes from the produce bins without paying any attention to where they were grown. When I finally had a baked russet that came from a bag with the Idaho® potatoes logo, I quickly learned that all potatoes are not alike. Grown in Idaho’s volcanic soil, these potatoes develop the perfect texture and flavor. A simple baked potato tastes incredible because the potato is incredible. Make sure to look for the “Grown in Idaho” logo when shopping for your spuds!
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Help us celebrate National Sunday Supper Month by entering the Idaho® Potato Let’s Poutine recipe contest, with prizes of $500, $200 and $100, plus a ticket for each winner to Food and Wine Conference 2016. All the rules and conditions for entry can be found on our Sunday Supper Movement website.
More Creative Poutine Recipes from the Sunday Supper Tastemakers:
- Chicken and Waffles Poutine from Life Tastes Good
- Hashed Browns Poutine Cups with Egg Scramble from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Southern Sausage Breakfast Poutine from Magnolia Days
- Beefy Beer and Red-Eye Gravy Poutine from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Buffalo Chicken Poutine on Potato Waffles from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Cajun Mini Pizza Poutine from Flavor Mosaic
- Creamy Avocado Bacon Poutine Skins from Daily Dish Recipes
- Indian Spiced Roasted Potatoes with Green Chutney from kimchi MOM
- Loaded BBQ Roast Potato Poutine from The Weekend Gourmet
- Loaded Crab Poutine from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Paneer Tikka Potato Poutine Bites from Soni’s Food
- Poutine Bites with Bacon, Broccoli, Cheddar and Caramelized Onion from Shockingly Delicious
- Beef Rendang Poutine Burger from Brunch-N-Bites
- Crispy Potato Shrimp Poutine with Stir Fry Vegetables from Food Done Light
- Gnocchi Poutine with Fenneled Curds and Gravy from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Greek Chicken Poutine from Curious Cuisiniere
- Italian Poutine Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Portuguese Poutine from Family Foodie
- Spicy Poutine Potato Skins from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Top Sirloin Steak with Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine Gravy from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Poutine Variations for National Sunday Supper Day from Sunday Supper Movement
- 3 cups shredded Idaho® potatoes, squeezed dry of any liquid
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup sour cream
- Meatballs, homemade or store bought (enough to cover bottom of pie plate)*
- 8 ounces marinara sauce, homemade or store bought
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded
- Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle over top, optional
- Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 450º.
- Mix shredded potatoes with melted butter and seasonings, then press into pie plate. Bake for 20-25 minutes or till lightly browned and crispy. Reduce oven temperature to 350º.
- After crust cools slightly, spread sour cream onto bottom of crust. Follow with meatballs, then marinara and finally the mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or till cheese is melted and filling is hot.
- Cool for a few minutes before slicing.
To squeeze potatoes dry, place shredded potatoes into the center of a thin dishcloth, roll up to enclose potatoes, then twist tightly.
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