Beavertails: Canadian Delightful Fried Pastry Treat

Beavertails History

 

BeaverTails is a Canadian based company that was started by Grant and Pam Hooker in 1978. In 1980, the company opened its first permanent store in Ottawa, Ontario at the Byward Market. Each stand serves beavertails as well as other various treats like hot dogs, fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, beaver bites, poutine and frozen treats. A beavertail is a fried dough pastry that is hand stretched and topped with sweet goodies like peanut butter spread, chocolate spread, fruit and other sweet confections and condiments. The BeaverTail franchise can be found in Canada, the United States, South Korea, Japan and the UAE. There are currently over 40 stores and stands in operation world wide. BeaverTails is a trademarked name and is also known as Queues de Castor.

 

Beavertails Canadian Pastry

The Included Ingredients:

BeaverTail pastries are made out of whole wheat bread dough which is cooked fresh upon order. The ingredients may include: warm milk, sugar, water, dry yeast, salt, vanilla, eggs, oil, all-purpose flour and cinnamon. The cinnamon is usually for dusting after it comes out of being baked, but you may choose a flavor that does not have this option.

Different Kinds of BeaverTails

There are several different types of BeaverTail flavors, with the classic being cinnamon and sugar. However, other flavors include:

• Killaloe Sunrise (cinnamon sugar sprinkles, lemon)
• Chocolate Hazelnut,
• Maple,
• Chocolate Banana,
• Apple Cinnamon,
• Avalanche,
• Coco Vanilla,
• Triple Trip (chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces),

You can also get a featured flavor and sometimes you may also be able to get multiple different spreads/flavors on a single BeaverTail. Overall, these are just the main types of BeaverTails that you can get, but you also have the ability to add other sweets or toppings onto your pastry. You can see how much fat, sugar and fiber each kind on the official website. You can also see which kind has specific allergens like nuts, wheat, barely, soy, dairy, etc, on the official website.

BeaverTails Locations: Where to Eat BeaverTails?

If you are looking to get one of these marvelous pastries, you can get them in four different countries: Canada, United States, Korea, and Japan. If you are in Canada, you can find them across these provinces: Ontario (permanent stand being in Ottawa), Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, the Maritimes, and Quebec where it is known as Queues de Castor. If you are in the United States then you can hit a BeaverTails stand at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington Utah, Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as well as Keystone, Breckenridge and Horseshoe in Colorado. There is one café in Japan near Setagaya-ku, Tokyo and in Gyeongju-si in South Korea. Recently they also added BeaverTail stands at Kite Beach and Ibn Battuta mall in Dubai.

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Joanne Beck

7 Best Poutine Recipes Authentic & Modern

Poutine: Ultimate Comfort Food, Ultimate Customization

 

Poutine, pronounced “poo-tin” is a French-Canadian dish that is made out of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. This classic dish has been enjoyed by the masses across the world and is known as a comfort food, generally because it isn’t all that healthy for you. But what makes poutine an amazing dish, is that it can be customized extensively. The classic is French fries, gravy and fresh cheese curds but you can add in pretty much anything like: tomatoes, bell peppers, ground beef, chicken, nachos, onions, sausage, sour cream, olives, bacon, mushrooms, and the list goes on. You can even swap out the cheese curds for grated feta, Swiss, cheddar or mozzarella. You could even swap out the gravy for tomato sauce, vegan sauce or any other sauce.

The Mysterious History of “Poo-tin”

 

No one really knows where poutine was invented other then that it is generally agreed that it originated from Quebec. There are several different stories that have gone around though including:

1. Poutine originating from Le Lutin qui rit restaurant in Warwick found in the Athabasca region. The story goes that the owner, Fernand Lachance had a regular client named Eddy Lainesse who asked him to mix cheese curds in with the fries. This is the most well known and widespread story about the origins of poutine.

2. Another story has a Drummondville restaurant called Le Roy Jucep registering them as the trademark stating that they had invented the dish. The owner of the restaurant, Jean-Paul Roy is said to have been the first to serve it in 1964.

3. The region of Nicolet in Centre-du-Quebec or from Saint-Hyacinthe in Monteregie is a likely place for the origins of poutine as there were a high number of cheese dairies who produced the cheese curds in the two regions.

4. The La P’tite Vache restaurant, founded in 1966, served cheese curds produced from the Princesse cheese dairy. Story goes that customers would order fries from the restaurant and then buy the cheese curds to mix with the fries.
Overall, no one knows which story is the right one or the true one. However, no matter which one it is, everyone certainly loves the dish.

 

Where to Get Poutine?

You can buy poutine from pretty much any fast food restaurant or in any region that has a high population of French-speaking people. For instance, in Ontario you can find a lot of poutine in Ottawa and Quebec. You can buy poutine in New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon. In some cases, there are even dedicated restaurants that only serve poutine. In these types of restaurants, you will find a large variation of kinds, including one in Peterborough, Ontario that has over 100 different kinds of poutine.
You can also find it in the United States mainly in restaurants located in New York and New Jersey. However, these are called Disco Fries rather than poutine and it is their own mix of fries, gravy and cheese. You can also find it in Latin America in Mexico (Zipolite Island), Panama (Royal Decameron Hotel), Cuba (Melia Las Dunas) and Costa Rica (O Rancho Soluna).

You may also find it in Europe in France (Paris), at The Great Canadian (a Canadian pub), as well as at Place du Palais Princier in Monaco. If you head to The Maple Leaf pub in London or the Frittiersalon restaurant in Berlin, you will also find it there. Finally, you can get it in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

 

10 Best Poutine Recipes

 

1. Authentic Grilled Poutine Recipe  By TheWolfePit

 

Best poutine recipe

 

2. Poutine Pizza By Epic Meal Time

 

Canadian poutine pizza video recipe


3. Poutine with Whisky & Maple Gravy By DJ BBQ

 

Poutine whiskey maple gravy

 

4. Middle Eastern Poutine for Canada Day by Food Busker

Middle East Canadian Poutine

 


5.    Poutine Gone Wild by Frankenfood 

 

Canadian Quebec poutine twist

 


6.   Lobster Poutine by Sam Carlson

 

Lobster Canadian Poutine


7.  
Japanese Poutine by BusanKevin

 

Japanese twist Canadian Poutine

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Bernadette Beaumont

 

Quebecois Cuisine – What Do They Eat in Quebec

When we take a look at the province of Quebec, located in Eastern Canada, we come across a very distinct culture that has its roots tied deeply into that of the first settlers. The Quebecois hold fiercely onto their heritage, language and French values and it shows in just how different their food is. Recognizable dishes in Quebecois cuisine are: fries and gravy (poutine), meat pie (Tourtiere), and pea soup. They represent the very identity of the Quebecois. However, just like the rest of Canada, Quebec is a province of immigrants and therefore its traditional food has been impacted over the centuries. With regards to Quebec food culture, the First Nations, English and Irish have all had a hand at shaping the distinct tastes of Quebec’s traditional dishes.

Quebec Cuisine Facts and History

The first settlers to Quebec arrived during the 17th and 18th centuries between 1508 and 1607. During this time, the French settlers came into contact with the St. Lawrence Iroquoians (First Nations), who were looking to trade their furs. From here on out small trading posts were established across the land creating a network of cod, fishing, farming and fur trade commerce. This network of trading was extremely profitable and is what brought about the interest of a permanent colonization. By the end of the 17th century there were over 20,000 people of French origin who had settled in New France. The population was predominantly French-speaking Roman Catholics.

Quebecois cuisine

Since Quebecois cuisine dates back to the early 17th century, it is made up of a wide variety of ingredients. From French baked bread, to locally and organically grown maple syrup, to fruits, vegetables, fish and pork are just some of the more common elements. When the settlers arrived and were able to trade with the First Nations, they came across foods like beans which were then baked, corn, and fish like cod and salmon. Most of these ingredients can be found in the more recognizable dishes like cretons which is a pork spread, tarte au sucre which is sugar pie and Tartine d’Antan which is a maple sugar dessert made with fresh bread, cream and maple syrup.

Overall, Quebecois cuisine is a myriad of influences that have come together to make this distinct culture. From the trading with the First Nations, to the impact of the English and Irish, to the trading among their own people, the Quebecois have been improving on their traditional dishes throughout the centuries.

Quebec Cuisine Menu

Breakfast:

French Canadians eat more of a European style breakfast which would include pastries, cheese and bread. A breakfast menu would consist of items like:

• Cretons (pork meat spread),
• Toast,
• Hot cereal,
• Bagels,
• Hash Browns,
• Eggs/Omelettes,
• Pancakes,
• Fried Pork,
• Breakfast sandwiches/wraps
• Crepes

Lunch:

Typical lunch choices tend to be hot foods and may include:

• Baked Beans (usually served with maple syrup),
• Pea soup (carrots, peas, pork, vegetables),
• Soupe aux Gourganes (bean soup)
• Doughboys (dumpings)
• Poutine (French fries, gravy and cheese),
• Sandwiches (meat)
• Sausages

Snacks:

Are usually things like donuts and cookies:

• Oreilles de Crisse (deep fried pork)
• Whippet Cookies
• Poutine
• Apple Donuts
• Butter Tarts,

Dinner:

Is either a meat dish like a stew or soup, or a pie.

• Meatball stew,
• Meat Pie (Tourtiere),
• Pig’s Trotter Stew (potatoes, spices, pork),
• Jambon Braise a la Biere (ham with maple beer)
• Coq au Vin Stew (Chicken, garlic, wine),
• Beef Bourguignon (beef stew)
• Pate Chinois (French Shepard’s pie)

Desserts:

Classic dessert foods include:

• Pouding Chomeur (Pudding Cake),
• Sugar Pie,
• Molasses taffy,
• Gateau aux Bleuets (blueberry sour cream torte)
• Whippet Cookies
• Sugar cream pie,
• Sugar cream fudge

Drinks:

Popular Quebec drinks include:
• Ice cider,
• Maple whiskey,
• Maple cider,
• Fruit wines,
• Spirits
• Locally crafted beer,
• Hot chocolate
• Coffee
• Tea
• Spruce Beer

Holiday Menus:

Typically, the below lists will work for any holiday which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. However, each holiday menu will vary from family to family and will have a mixture of traditional and modern foods.

Christmas:

• Shepard’s Pie,
• Meat Pie,
• Turkey,
• Ham,
• Cranberries,
• Poor Man’s Pudding,
• Donuts,
• Yule Log,
• Broccoli/Carrots/vegetables,
• Mashed potatoes,
• Fruit Cake,
• Lasagna,
• Torte (Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry)
• French bread.

Easter:

• Sugar cream fudge,
• Meatball stew,
• Poor Man’s Pudding,
• Mashed Potatoes,
• Meat Pie,
• Cake,
• Ham,
• Turkey,
• Wraps,
• French bread
• Steak/Venison

Most Popular Dishes

• Poutine,
• Pea Soup,
• Meat Pie,
• Pudding Cake,
• Sugar Pie,
• Baked Beans,
• Crepes

Most Used Ingredients:

• Meat/Fish: Salmon, Cod, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Venison, Boar, Caribou, Shellfish, Mackerel, Halibut, Herring and Deer.

• Vegetables: Potatoes, Eggs, Onions, Peas, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Beans, Corn.
• Fruits: Apples, Cherries, Blueberries, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cranberries,

• Other: Nutmeg, Cloves, Pepper, Garlic, Maple Syrup, Cheese, Gravy, Salt, Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Cinnamon, Yogurt.

The above list is not a full representation, but does give you a good idea of what is used in a lot of Quebecois recipes.

Travelling Foodie: What to Eat When You Travel to Quebec

If you’re planning on travelling to Quebec, then there are some dishes that you must try! In terms of traditional Quebecois food, you’re going to want to try apple donuts, blueberry torte, and sugar cream pie. In terms of actual heavy laden dishes, you’re going to want to go with poutine, crepes, poor man’s pudding, and pea soup. Drinks on the other hand, you’re going to want to try the ice cider, maple whiskey, and maple cider. If you’re planning on going to a sugar shack, then make sure to try the meat pie (Tourtiere) and any of their desserts. If you can, also take a look at their cheese and any of the street meat!