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Enjoy tantalizing kebab shop flavors in this doner kebab poutine with classic French fries, cheese curds and gravy.

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Poutine has become very popular where we live and you can find it everywhere, from fast food restaurants to local ice cream shops.

Our kids have become pretty obsessed with poutine too. If they could eat it every day they probably would.

Of course, we’re talking about the original type (fries, cheese and gravy) without any spicy toppings.

So we got to thinking, why don’t we just make our own at home?

And, with our air fryer and some store bought cheese curds, we make poutine all the time.

The kids are still satisfied and we save a few bucks here and there. They still partake in the restaurant poutine now and then, but they love our homemade recipe too.

We make the plain poutine for the kids and then we get to go all spiced out on the grown up versions, like this amazing doner kebab poutine or Red Lobster crabby cheese fries.

Plus, with leftover meat, we also love to make doner kebab quesadillas.

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Ingredients in Doner Kebab Poutine

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  • Potatoes — use peeled white or yellow potatoes for air fryer French fries. A mandoline is helpful to cut potatoes into typical French fry shape. It’s best to cut them a little thicker instead of too thin so that they don’t burn in the air fryer.
  • Oil — we like avocado oil for air fryer French fries although you can substitute others.
  • Salt — optionally, add some salt, we like Himalayan pink salt, about a teaspoon or so with the oil when coating the potato strips before air frying.
  • Doner Kebab Meat — Although you can use store bought cooked doner kebab meat, we love our recipe for Instant Pot doner kebab meat as it is without fillers and grease typical of the ones we have purchased in the past.
  • Cheese Curds — You can look for cheese curds in sealed packages in the cheese section of your grocery store.
  • Tomatoes — We like to top this with some diced tomato as it reminds us of a doner kebab sandwich. Feel free to omit if you prefer.
  • Onions — If you’re a fan of onions, you’ll love a little bit of thinly sliced red onion on this.
  • Kebab Sauce — we love homemade doner kebab white sauce. It’s very easy to put together in about five minutes.
  • Gravy — You can use store bought prepared brown gravy if you like. We occasionally do this when we’re in a time crunch. Otherwise, we use a quick homemade gravy.
  • Pepperoncini — An optional garnish, these hot peppers remind us so much of doner kebab roll and kebab pizza, and so we like to include it.

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What is Doner Kebab?

Essentially, doner kebab is a Turkish dish consisting of seasoned ground lamb that is traditionally cooked vertically. Other ground meats can be used although lamb is most authentic in flavor.

Doner kebab has become extremely popular in many countries, notably there are many Turkish kebab restaurants in Sweden and Germany.

What is Poutine?

Poutine is originally a French Canadian dish. In it’s basic form it consists of French fries, gravy and cheese curds.

The name of the dish is believed to come from the English word pudding or pouding in French. Poutine is a slang word that means mess in Quebecois. One can think of poutine as a delightful mess of French fries and various toppings.

Numerous restaurants offer their own signature poutines.

There are breakfast poutines with eggs, Tex Mex style poutine, butter chicken poutine, meatball topped ones and even dessert poutines made with sweet ingredients.

There are endless variations that can be made with an assortment of toppings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Doner Kebab Poutine

This is an extremely tasty variation of a classic poutine recipe with a twist.

It begins with the usual suspects, fries, cheese curds and gravy.

Then we knock it out of the park with spiced doner kebab meat, kebab sauce, red onion and tomatoes.

Although restaurant style poutine is higher in calories and fat, we have reduced those in our homemade recipe with some changes.

For starters, we air fry our French fries to reduce the amount of oil. Our flavorful kebab sauce is made with yogurt and no mayo. And, our homemade kebab meat has less fat than traditional recipes as it is made with ground meat, onions and kebab spice and has no fillers.

We use gravy and cheese curds sparingly, and have a homemade recipe for gravy that is made with more wholesome ingredients than the packaged or canned poutine gravy.

So, although traditional poutine tends to be high in calories and fat, we do like to enjoy our homemade recipe in moderation.

Not to mention, our poutine recipe tastes incredible and still quite sinful. You’d never know that it’s better for you.

Except that you can feel the difference after the meal, you won’t have any overindulge regret, as is usually the case with packaged kebab meat, deep fried French fries and packaged gravy.

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How To Make Doner Kebab Poutine

Doner Poutine is easy to make. Essentially, you need to air fry your potatoes and then it’s off to the races with your favorite ingredients!

STEP 1 – Air Fry French Fries

Start with making a batch of air fryer French fries.

Peel potatoes and use a mandolin to slice them into French fry strips. It’s better to cut the fries a little thicker than too thin. Place the potato strips into a bowl and add oil. Mix well to ensure the fries are evenly coated with some oil.

air fryer fries step 2

Transfer the potato strips to the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to run two batches of fries.

Time Saving Tip: While the air fryer is running, you can slice the onion, dice your tomato, prepare the kebab meat and whip up a batch of kebab sauce.

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Set the air fryer temperature to 350℉ and the timer to 10 minutes. After ten minutes have passed, carefully remove basket, turn the fries over and set the timer and cook fries for 10 additional minutes.

Once that is complete, turn the fries once again, set the timer and cook fries for 5 more minutes.

After the final five minutes have passed, carefully remove the basket from the air fryer and transfer to a serving dish.

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Place air fried French fries in a serving dish.

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STEP 2 – Add Cheese Curds and Gravy

Evenly distribute the cheese curds on top of the fries. The fries are hot and should melt the curds somewhat. You can use a spoon to drizzle some brown gravy over the fries.

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STEP 3 – Add Kebab Meat and Kebab Sauce

Unless you’ve just cooked your kebab meat in the Instant Pot, you’ll need to warm it up. You can place the kebab pieces into a skillet on the stove top and heat through for a few minutes.

Next, you’ll place your precooked, hot, doner kebab meat over the fries, cheese curds and gravy.

You can use a spoon to distribute the kebab sauce over the doner meat, or even a sauce dispenser squeeze type bottle if you like.

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STEP 4 – Add Remaining Toppings

Place your preferred toppings on top, such as sliced red onion, diced tomatoes and a few pepperoncini peppers, if you like them.

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What To Serve With Doner Kebab Poutine

It’s a hearty meal in itself, but you can’t go wrong with any of these sauces and salads.

Kebab Shop Sauces:

Kebab Shop Salads:

Don’t forget to add a few hot peppers such as pepperoncini or similar type, if you like them.

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Storage Tips

Poutine is best enjoyed right after it is served. Otherwise, French fries will lose their texture.

You can probably get away with refrigerating leftovers for a day or so and then reheating, although it won’t be the same.

The good news is that most of the time you won’t have any left over since they are so good!

More Doner Kebab Recipes

There are so many great recipe ideas that make the most of leftover doner kebab meat. Check these out:

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Bite sized pieces of spiced doner kebab meat taste incredible in this super creamy Doner Kebab Salad Sandwich Mix (called kebabröra in Swedish). Serve in a baguette or pita wrap.

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Doner Kebab Salad Sandwich Mix (Kebabrora) in a Baguette

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Doner Kebab Poutine

Susan & Björn
Topped with doner kebab meat, kebab sauce, tomato and onions, get your kebab shop flavors in this doner kebab poutine with classic French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
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servings4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Canadian, Turkish
Calories 519 kcal
Fiber 8 g
Carbohydrates 60 g

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Potatoes, medium size
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil, avocado oil
  • ½ Cup Cheese Curds
  • ½ Cup Brown Gravy, prepared or homemade
  • 1 Cup Doner Kebab Meat, chopped into bite size pieces
  • ½ Cup White Doner Kebab Sauce
  • ½ Cup Tomato, diced
  • ¼ Cup Red Onion, sliced thin
  • 4 Pepperoncini, optional

Instructions
 

Air Fry French Fries

  • Peel potatoes and use a mandolin to slice them into French fry strips. It's better to cut the fries a little thicker than too thin. Place the potato strips into a bowl and add oil. Optionally, you can add a teaspoon or so of salt. Mix well to ensure the fries are evenly coated with oil and salt, if using.
    air fryer fries step 2
  • Transfer the potato strips to the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to run two batches of fries.
    Time Saving Tip: While the air fryer is running, you can slice the onion, dice your tomato, prepare the kebab meat and whip up a batch of kebab sauce.
    air fryer fries step 3
  • Set the air fryer temperature to 350℉ and the timer to 10 minutes. After ten minutes have passed, carefully remove basket, turn the fries over and set the timer and cook fries for 10 additional minutes.
    Once that is complete, turn the fries once again, set the timer and cook fries for 5 more minutes. After the final five minutes have passed, carefully remove the basket from the air fryer and transfer to a serving dish.
    air fryer fries step 4

Poutine Assembly

  • Place Air fried French fries into a serving dish.
    doner kebab poutine step 1
  • Arrange cheese curds evenly over the fries. The fries will be hot and will melt the cheese curds a little. Spoon some brown gravy evenly over the fries and curds.
    doner kebab poutine step 2
  • Unless you've just cooked your kebab meat in the Instant Pot, you'll need to warm it up. You can place the kebab pieces into a skillet on the stove top on medium high temperature and heat through for a few minutes.
    Once the kebab meat is hot, add it over top of the French fries and then drizzle kebab sauce over the meat.
    doner kebab poutine step 3
  • Top with diced tomatoes and red onion.
    doner kebab poutine step 4
  • Garnish with pepperoncini peppers, if desired.
    doner kebab poutine step 5

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcal Carbohydrates: 60g Fiber: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 20g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 9g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 315mg Potassium: 1583mg Sugar: 5g Vitamin A: 290IU Vitamin C: 76mg Calcium: 157mg Iron: 4mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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