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How to make it

  • Peel potatoes, then cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick sticks and submerge in a bowl of ice and cold water.
  • Rinse potatoes in several changes of cold water until water is clear.
  • Drain in a colander, then spread potatoes in 1 layer on several layers of paper towels and pat very dry.
  • Heat about 8 cups vegetable oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until a deep-fat thermometer registers 375°F.
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Cook shallot with thyme in butter in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until shallot is softened and golden, about 2 minutes.
  • Add wine and boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes, then discard thyme sprigs.
  • While wine reduces, stir together water and cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Stir 1 cup beef or veal demi-glace into wine and bring to a boil.
  • Whisk in cornstarch mixture and return to a boil, then boil until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in black pepper, salt, and unsalted butter until butter is melted.
  • Once oil is ready, increase heat to moderate and fry potatoes in 4 batches, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, 5 to 6 minutes per batch, returning oil to 375°F between batches.
  • Transfer fries with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet lined with several layers of dry paper towels and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Keep fries warm in oven while frying remaining batches.
  • Put 4 ovenproof plates in oven, divide fries among plates, and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Heat until cheese is just warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir chives into sauce and drizzle over fries. Serve immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Wow, this sounds fantastic! Love the gravy here...yum!
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    " It was excellent "
    pat2me ate it and said...
    We call it Poutine in all the little French Canadian restaurants around here's a staple on all their menus!
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    " It was excellent "
    goblue434 ate it and said...
    Sounds Delicious. Learned To Like Fries & Gravy In Canada. Adding Some Cheese & Chives To The Dish, Elaine Said It Best, Fiveeeee!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    FIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Here, we call fries with gravy & cheese 'Poutine' ------ but your recipe offers MUCH more!
    Five, I say ---- FIVE!!!!!! :+D
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