Poutine originated in rural Quebec, Canada, in the late 1950's. In the basic recipe for poutine, the french fries are topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with brown gravy or sauce. The french fries are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The gravy is usually a light chicken, veal or turkey gravy, mildly spiced with a hint of pepper, or a sauce brune, which is a combination of beef and chicken stock. The fresh cheese curds and the gravy are added just before serving, to keep the french fries crunchy.