As much as we might rip on Canada for the way they say "about" and Brendan Fraser, we can admit they've done a few things right. Like the Caesar, Montreal, and, most vitally, poutine. That delicious concoction of cheese curds, fries, and gravy has evolved drastically in the past couple years, inspiring several Frankenfoods that you should familiarize yourself with ASAP. We gathered a few of our personal favorites below, but really, dumping poutine on anything is a solid life choice.
Canada showed us up last year by moving a bag of Bacon Poutine chips to the finals of their Lay's Do Us a Flavor contest. It ultimately didn't win, but since it did grace grocery shelves during the voting period, there's still hope of it surfacing on eBay for triple the price.
You'll need a strong set of chopsticks to dance with these Epic Meal Time originals. You'll also need bacon, since they are contractually obligated to include it in every single recipe they produce.
We knew fledgling food blog PornBurger was destined for greatness when it unveiled "The Full Monty," a sexy stack of black garlic fries, cheese curds, bone marrow gravy, mustard greens, dill pickles, and a ground short-rib patty. Though we were a little bummed they didn't commit with a tiny Mounties hat for garnish.
Considering the many improbable ramen spins we've seen, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted ramen poutine. But Culinary Bro-Down's version boasts a custom miso oxtail gravy, scallions, hot sauce, and a soft-boiled egg -- effectively telling all possible competitors to go home.
The Northern cousin of lobster mac, this Frankenfood has been hailed a "Canadian diner staple" and even bested Bobby Flay. Don't take it personally, Bobby. There's no beating fried potatoes and seafood.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and supports most cheese- or gravy-based foods. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.