Italian Poutine Pie
Italian Poutine Pie is a twist on the classic Canadian potato recipe.
This twist on a classic Poutine Recipe uses a hash brown crust, marinara, and meatballs topped with gooey Mozzarella!
What is Poutine?
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 barsand 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.
Italian Poutine Recipe
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.
How to Make Italian Poutine Pie
- Get all your ingredients ready before you shred your potatoes. They oxidize quickly when exposed to air and will turn brown. They’ll still be safe to eat, though.
- Squeeze all the liquid out of your shredded potatoes to ensure a crispy crust. I do this will a potato ricer or my hands.
- Use homemade or storebought meatballs to top the crust.
- Same for the marinara. A good jar of marinara is a nice shortcut.
- Top with your favorite melting cheese. Mozzarella fits the Italian theme but feel free to use a favorite variety that will work with the other ingredients
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Italian Poutine Pie
A twist on the classic poutine using hash browns, marinara, and mozzarella
- 3 cups shredded potatoes, squeezed dry of any liquid
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 pound Meatballs, homemade or store-bought (enough to cover the bottom of the 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.
I made homemade meatballs using 1 pound of ground beef
To squeeze potatoes dry, place shredded potatoes into the center of a thin dishcloth, roll up to enclose potatoes, then twist tightly.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 810Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1937mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 25g
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34 Comments on “Italian Poutine Pie”
What an interesting, innovative dish! It’s the perfect choice for leftover meatballs or even Bolognese! We don’t have hash browns here and we’re definitely gonna try your version in the crust! Does it work better if you add some salt in the grated potatoes before squeezing them dry? Have you tried that?
Thank you for the absolutely DELICIOUS idea Liz!
My family would love this dish too. I may have mentioned our affinity for Italian food.
I”ve only recently discovered how delicious Poutine is and your has so many flavors and ingredients I know my family would really appreciate!
I love you take on this and Mr. Sweets would have more than his fair share I’m sure.
I loved the surprise of potatoes as the crust instead of pasta. This is a brilliant twist on poutine and I love the fusion of Italian with Canadian.
I’ve never seen anything like this before, Liz! Love to dig in! xoxo
What a great dish! I didn’t know what a poutine pie was so when I saw the pictures, I thought the potatoes were the filling. What a great surprise to see that they were the crust. I love that! This is a recipe I need to try! Thanks!
To be honest, the idea of poutine always intrgues me because I adore cheese curds but the actual soggy fries under gravy does nothing for me. Then you mentioned crispy hash browns, I was hooked. The meatballs and marinara sound dreamy under the crispy hash browns with melted cheese. I can just imagine that first bite with the long string of cheese stretching like a high wire rope from my mouth to the fork. I had no idea Idaho potatoes were superior, but I’m not surprised it’s because of the soil. I wonder if we can get potatoes from Idaho in Toronto (ours mostly come from PEI) but I’ll be sure to try some if I see them.
I love how you tell your memories. Changed the town center to the mountains in full adolescence is amazing and so rich in emotions. I’m sure you learned a lot from that time. The prauve, this dish looks so good!
Ha, I heard you guys were doing this and I had a good giggle. I’m probably the only Canuck who doesn’t care for poutine. I think it’s the combination of gravy with cheese curds that does it for me. Separately yes, together, not so much. I keep expecting to get kicked out of here for my dislike of it, and hockey, it’s downright un-Canadian of me. I also don’t like vinegar on my fries, but I do it like it on my potato chips. Weird, I know. Ha!
Now this poutine is a whole different story. It’s poutine flipped on it’s head. I dig the idea of a potato pie. There’s another Canadian dish called rappie pie, this sort of reminds me of that a little bit. You did an amazing job Liz. This is wicked cool and very inventive. Plus I’d eat the heck out of it and you know that’s high praise from this girl. I bet the family gobbled it up. I know my bunch would demolish this.
Talk really soon about our upcoming adventures. I’m so stinking excited for this year’s antics. Happy New Year to you and the family. xx
If you start with a hash brown crust, it cannot go wrong! I love your Italian version, which would be a great family-pleaser. So fun to create with you for this Poutine project!
Nanaimo bars rock. but as a Quebecer, home of the poutine, I cannot help but laugh and I am impressed by your interpretations. Poutine is junk food, I am embarrassed that it is know as a cultural food here. I do like you classy poutine dish a lot.
This is such a creative idea for a crust! My boys would go CRAZY for this comforting dish!