Classic Poutine with McCain Superfries

Served up by Justine Helbren, Structural Designer
Client Ingredients:  McCain Foods

​The beloved classic poutine, crispy McCain® Superfries® are piled high and smothered in authentic cheese curds and rich gravy. How Canadian eh?

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 25 min
Servings: 6

– 1 650g bag McCain® Superfries® Extra Crispy Straight Cut
– 1 398mL can gravy (poutine is best)
– 400g white cheddar cheese curds

Cook McCain® Superfries® Extra Crispy Straight Cut according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat gravy in microwave or in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering.
Transfer fries to a platter. Top with cheese curds then pour gravy over fries.

Serve immediately

Breakfast Ham Casserole

Served up by Office Manager Erin Burkholder

Client Ingredients:  Hempler Uncured Ham, Alexia Yukon Select Hashed Browns (with onion, garlic, and white pepper), Darigold Half and Half, Darigold Salted Butter, Darigold Medium Cheddar Cheese


  • Butter, for greasing the baking dish
  • 12 whole eggs
  • 3 cups cubed ham
  • ½ Onion, minced
  • 3 cups shredded medium cheddar (reserve 1 cup for topping)
  • 7oz can diced green chiles (mild or medium)
  • Bag of Hash Browns, completely thawed in microwave
  • Salt & Pepper,  to taste
  • Cajun Seasoning, to taste
  • Optional:  Tabasco Pepper Sauce, to taste


Pre-heat oven to 400-degrees F.  Generously grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter.

Spread thawed hash browns evenly in the baking dish. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs with heavy cream, salt, pepper, and (optional) Tabasco Pepper Sauce.  Fold in ham, onions, and two cups of cheese.  Stir to combine.

Pour egg mixture evenly over hash browns, top evenly with green chilies and the remaining one cup of cheese.  Sprinkle Cajun Seasoning Blend on top of casserole before baking. Place filled baking dish on a sheet pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes (on middle rack), or until middle of casserole is completely set and top begins to turn golden brown.

Topping Ideas:
Darigold Sour Cream
Salsa or Pico de Gallo
Avocado Slices
Chopped Green Onions


Litehouse… Anything Litehouse

Served up by Ginny Bode, Marketing Director
Client Ingredients:  Litehouse Seasoning

Italian Orange Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Okay, I’m cheating a little here, I haven’t made this recipe yet, but it looks mouth-wateringly delicious. As do all of the recipes on Litehouse’s website. Check out their recipes at

Try this Italian Orange Chicken!

2-3 boneless chicken breasts, halved
½ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup flour
1 orange sliced into thin rounds
1 cup orange juice
1 cup chicken stock
1 garlic clove smashed
2 shallots minced
2 tsp. honey
Salt and pepper
2 lbs. sweet potatoes cut into ½ in. cubes
Olive oil for drizzling
1 tsp. Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend
1 Tbsp. plus 1 ½ tsp. Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Basil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and the Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Italian Blend. Season with salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast in the oven 30-40 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile place the chicken pieces on a cutting board and cover with a layer of plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet to pound the chicken until no thicker than ½ inch. Season pounded chicken with salt and pepper.

In a pie pan stir together the Parmesan, flour, and 1 Tbsp. Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Basil. Lightly coat the chicken with the flour mixture. Heat 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Pan fry the coated chicken until golden brown on both sides. You will have to do this in batches. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Throw the orange slices, garlic clove, shallots, and remaining 1 ½ tsp. Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Basil into the hot pan. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the orange juice and chicken stock, scraping the browned bits off the bottom as you stir. Return the chicken to the pan. Lower the heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Simmer 20 minutes. Remove chicken to a serving platter and garnish with the cooked orange slices.
To the pan sauce add the honey. Salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with a side of the roasted sweet potatoes.

Maple Bacon Ice Cream

From Hemplers Website
Client Products Used: Hemplers Bacon

When it’s hot out, we fire up the grill and cook everything outside. But after a delicious meal, when that need for bacon isn’t *quite* sated, we turn to this delicious recipe from Chef Dannika Underhill for Bacon Maple Ice Cream.

¾ c whole milk
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
4 strips Hempler’s Smoked Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped into bits
Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat, to the point of scalding, but remove from heat before it comes to a boil.
In a bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar, and kosher salt until the sugar has dissolved and the yolks have turned pale yellow.
Temper the yolks by adding in a third of the scalded milk and whisking until ingredients are incorporated, and repeating until all the milk has been added to the egg mixture.
Transfer egg/milk mixture to a saucepan and slowly heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. (Custard base will have thickened slightly and given off large puffs of steam.
Remove from heat immediately and whisk in maple syrup and heavy cream.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any curdled egg bits and chill in your refrigerator for 8 hours.
Once base has chilled, freeze it in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After ice cream reaches soft serve consistency, remove from machine and fold in bacon bits, and place in freezer for at least 2 hours or until it becomes scoopable consistency.

Servings: 8 servings of 1/2 cup each