I went to a restaurant with a friend of mine that deemed themselves as offering “Canadian comfort food”. What is considered Canadian food? Being in a country with so much cultural diversity, it’s hard to distinguish that. However, I think many cultures have integrated themselves well by keeping their roots in line with their dishes while incorporating a bit of a Canadian twist. One said dish is this Bannock Crusted Poutine Pizza. So is it poutine or is it pizza? That is the one of the first questions we asked the waiter.
Well, it’s technically both simultaneously. Pizza originated in Italy and poutine is a well known Canadian dish traditionally consisting of fries, gravy and cheese curds. Bannock is interesting though. It has roots in the Scottish culture but also our Indigineous folks too. It’s a round flatbread that is cooked on a grill. This combination of cultures is what makes this poutine pizza interesting – it’s a beautiful fusion of many cultures on one dish.
For this particular pizza, it was layered with a sweet sauce. It was crispy and had a crunchy crust that was super thin, the way pizza should be! It also had green onions, golden-brown French fries, gravy, cheese curds, caramelized onions, duck, herbs and spices. It was a wonderful dish that definitely showcased many aspects of Canadian culture. And I finally got to try bannock! 🙂