We know you can top your pizza with almost anything, but now we've seen everything.
For a minute, forget about the poutine doughnut and poutine soda (yes, this exists) and feast your eyes on Pizza Hut Canada's latest creation: the beef poutine pizza.
The combination of fries, cheese curds, steak and gravy is part of the chain's limited edition pizza menu in Canada only, paying tribute to some of the most "Canadian" flavours and ingredients. Four other new pizzas include smokey maple bacon, Asian BBQ, grilled chicken club and probably this summer's most unique topping: creamy butter chicken.
But for the company getting its dough dirty in so-called Canadian specialties, it's not the first time they'e experimented with unusual and let's say, bold, flavours. Pizza Hut China, for example, offers hot-dog-stuffed pizza topped with shrimp tempura and mayonnaise.
And for the calorie count, let's just say these pizzas are packin' it in. One slice of a medium 12-inch beef poutine pizza has 320 calories, 15 grams of fat and 330 milligrams of sodium. The butter chicken one is similar, but who really wants to know, right?
Will you try any of these toppings? Let us know in the comments below:
LOOK — A closer look at all five new menu items:
Pizza Hut New Canadian Favourites
Beef Poutine Pizza
Shaved seasoned steak, crispy fries, cheese curds and mozzarella.
Butter Chicken Pizza
Butter chicken sauce, grilled chicken strips, roasted red peppers, red onion and pizza mozzarella.
Grilled Chicken Club Pizza
Creamy Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken strips, bacon, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, pizza mozzarella and pepper mayo drizzle.
Asian BBQ Pizza
Asian BBQ sauce, shaved steak, red onions, pizza mozzarella, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Smokey Maple Bacon Pizza
Alfredo sauce, maple bacon strips, bacon crumble, sliced mushrooms, and shredded cheddar and pizza mozzarella.
NEXT: The Most "Canadian" Foods
Poutine — French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds — is a classic Canadian treat that is said to have originated in Quebec in the 1950s. Since then, it has been adapted in many weird and wonderful ways from <a href="http://crownsalts.com/gardemanger/" target="_blank">gourmet versions with lobster</a> and <a href="http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/menu.html" target="_blank">foie gras</a> to —believe it or not — a doughnut version. It's also inspired <a href="http://smokespoutinerie.com/" target="_blank">a crop of trendy "poutineries"</a> and a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/14/doughnut-poutine-psycho-donuts_n_2875921.html" target="_blank">"poutition"</a> to make it Canada's official national dish.
How this salty, yet addictive <a href="http://www.canadianfavourites.com/Lay_s_Potato_Chips_Ketchup_All_Dressed_More_p/lays001.htm?1=1&CartID=0" target="_hplink">flavour of chips invented and sold in Canada</a> is so beloved here is still <a href="http://literallyhumor.com/2012/04/10/why-no-ketchup-chips-america/" target="_hplink">not quite understood by the rest of the world.</a> Did you know that <a href="http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/02/28/heres_why_you_cant_buy_chicken_and_waffle_chips_in_canada.html" target="_hplink"> Lay's dill pickle and Munchies snack mix are also exclusively Canadian?</a>
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolize Canada and its national pride? Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, accounting for about 75 to 80 percent of the supply. Maple syrup — <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1372549/Maple-syrup-joins-ranks-broccoli-blueberries-new-stop-shop-superfood.html" target="_blank">recently elevated to "superfood" status</a> — is a classic sweet topping on pancakes and waffles. Still, that hasn't stopped some people from thinking of surprising savoury pairings such as <a href="http://www.toromagazine.com/lifestyle/food/toro-tv/c3df4a2e-74ba-c154-9172-99d497567a76/Caplanskys-Maple-Bacon-Donuts/" target="_blank">maple-bacon doughnuts</a>.
It's no secret that Canadians are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/15/tim-hortons-new-bacon-taste-test_n_2884834.html" target="_blank">obsessed with bacon</a>. The delicious cured pork product can be made oh so many ways, including ever popular strip bacon and peameal bacon, often referred to as "Canadian bacon" abroad. In fact, Canadians are so passionate about their favourite food that <a href="http://bacontoday.com/the-people-of-canada-choose-bacon-over-sex/" target="_blank">many would probably choose it over sex.</a>
A butter tart is a classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup and eggs — filled in a buttery (yes, more grease) pastry shell, and often includes either raisins or nuts. They can be runny or firm — so it's hard to mess them up when you're baking. <a href="http://www.canadianliving.com/food/baking_and_desserts/best_butter_tarts.php" target="_blank">Also, they never seem to go out of style.</a>
BeaverTails, or <em>Queues de Castor</em> in French, is a famous trademarked treat made by a <a href="http://www.beavertailsinc.com/" target="_blank">Canadian-based chain of pastry stands</a>. The fried-dough treats are shaped to resemble real beaver tails and are often topped with chocolate, candy, and fruit. These Canadian delicacies go hand in hand with skiing, and even <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/17/beavertail-at-inauguration_n_2495957.html" target="_blank">gained White House recognition during U.S. President Barack Obama's 2009 trip to Ottawa.</a>
These legendary Canadian no-bake treats originated in (surprise!) <a href="http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/visitors/NanaimoBars.html" target="_blank">Nanaimo, B.C.,</a> and are typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard and chocolate. Need we say more? Common variations include peanut butter and mint chocolate.
No one likes to think of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as dinner, but game meat is abundant in Canada and can be found in butchers, restaurants and homes across the country. Among other popular Canadian game is boar, bison, venison, caribou and rabbit.
B.C. Pacific salmon — commercially fished or farmed — includes many different species such as Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, Cutthroat, Steelhead and Pink. They can vary in colour and taste from Atlantic salmon, and are found in fishmongers and restaurants across Canada.
Believe it or not, Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of <a href="http://www.marquecanadabrand.agr.gc.ca/fact-fiche/5318-eng.htm" target="_blank">wild blueberries</a>, also known as “lowbush blueberries,” mostly grown in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
Canadians can enjoy fresh oysters 12 months of the year. <a href="http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sheet_feuillet/oyster-huitre-eng.htm" target="_blank">These famous little aphrodisiacs</a> are plentiful on Canada's Atlantic and Pacific coasts, from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" may be an old English saying, but this nutritionally perfect food is quintessentially Canadian. Some of the most popular domestic varieties are McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Fuji and Golden Delicious. According to Agriculture Canada, <a href="http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1334147419910" target="_blank">apples were first brought over to the country by European settlers in the 17th century.</a>
P.E.I. potatoes (such as Russet, White, Red and Yellow) are famous across Canada and around the world. Prince Edward Islanders have been growing potatoes <a href="http://www.peipotato.org/why-pei-potatoes" target="_blank">since the late 1700s!</a> Apparently they're superior because of the land's ideal growing conditions, including red, sandy soil that is rich in iron.
Nova Scotia Lobster
The Atlantic province of <a href="http://www.novascotia.com/en/home/discovernovascotia/foodandwine/lobster/default.aspx" target="_blank">Nova Scotia is world-renowned</a> for its tasty crustaceans. They have some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds on the planet.
The popularity of Alberta beef might have been a little tainted by the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/02/xl-foods-lawsuit_n_1934310.html" target="_blank">unfortunate E-coli outbreak at XL Foods in 2012,</a> but the province's AAA beef is considered among the best. Alberta is the cattle capital of Canada and <a href="http://www.raisedright.ca/CampaignStory.aspx" target="_blank">according to the province's farmers,</a> it has the fourth largest cattle herd in North America, behind Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.
You can call them the New York bagels of Canada, but Montreal bagels are often smaller and sweeter in taste. These O-shaped baked breads are paired deliciously with lox and cream cheese. Calorie-wise, bagels are equivalent to about three or four slices of bread, but you still might want to eat more than just one.
Arctic char is a freshwater fish species raised across Canada, in the <a href="http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/finfish-poissons/char-omble-eng.htm" target="_blank">Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon Territory</a>, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Arctic char is a part of the salmon family, and looks similar to a salmon but is more genetically linked to trout.
Bannock takes its name from a traditional Scottish flat bread, adopted by North American Natives, including Canada's Innuit. It's recently received some gourmet treatment in the culinary world, <a href="http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OliverBonacini/media/pdfs/BannockMenu.pdf" target="_blank">as a focaccia-like substitute for sandwiches.</a>
Yes, Kraft Dinner is also Canadian. This dorm room staple and processed-cheese masterpiece has been <a href="http://walrusmagazine.com/printerFriendly.php?ref=2012.09-food-manufacturing-taste" target="_hplink">dubbed a Canadian classic.</a> And really, if you haven't tried a bowl of the instant comfort food yet, we recommend skipping the milk and going straight for the butter.
No, it's not a "Saved by the Bell" reference. Screech is a type of rum made in Jamaica, and bottled and aged in Newfoundland. It has a storied history <a href="http://www.screechrum.com/story" target="_blank">dating back to early trade between Newfoundland and the West Indian island</a> (when salt fish was shipped to Jamaica in exchange for rum.) We hear it tastes like any other rum, but it has an awesome name, doesn't it?
Tourtière is a traditional spiced and savoury meat pie from Quebec, made with diced or ground pork, veal, or beef. This French Canadian delicacy is typically made around Christmas time, but eclectic foodies enjoy it all year round.
Very similar to blueberries (but a fascinating alternative), Saskatoon berries are <a href="http://www.canadasfood.com/history_products/saskatoon_berries.php" target="_blank">native to the Canadian Prairies, British Columbia and Northern Canada</a>. They're also rich in antioxidants and considered one of the world's "superfruits."
Tim Hortons "Double-Double"
A "Double-Double" has become somewhat of a popular slang term for Canadians. It refers to a coffee with two teaspoons of sugar and two teaspoons of cream. How popular is it? In 2011, Tim Hortons even <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/08/30/tim-hortons-double-double_n_941875.html" target="_hplink">released a "Double-Double" flavoured ice cream.</a>
Fiddleheads are curly, edible shoots of fern, often consumed in many provinces seasonally across the country. And like your mother always told you, eat your greens: <a href="http://www.lesliebeck.com/ingredients/fiddleheads" target="_hplink">Fiddleheads are high in potassium and vitamin C. </a>
Swiss Chalet Sauce
Canadian chain restaurant Swiss Chalet's rotisserie chicken and grilled ribs get a fair amount of attention, but there's always been something special about that secret sauce that people love to pour all over their food. What's in this sauce, you wonder? People have debated this point for a while and we're not exactly sure either. But we can <a href="http://www.swisschalet.com/allergy.php" target="_hplink">assure you there are no milk, egg or fish products in it,</a> (cue the vegetarian sigh of relief). But if you'e still not convinced, try <a href="http://ownyourfood.blogspot.ca/2011/09/swiss-chalet-style-dipping-sauce.html" target="_hplink">making your own knock-off version.</a>
Montreal Smoked Meat
Besides bagels, Montreal is also known for its kosher-style smoked meat. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/05/schwartzs-sold-rene-angelil_n_1255654.html" target="_hplink">Schwartz's in particular</a> has been using the same recipe of marinated spices and herbs in their smoked beef brisket for over 80 years. If you've never been, go early — the deli shop is usually packed with long line-ups.
If you live in Newfoundland, you probably already know why cod tongue is a local treasure. Cod tongue is usually made by <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/cod-got-your-tongue/article1077308/" target="_hplink">sautéing cod tongue with milk and flour,</a> according to The Globe And Mail.
Kind of like jerky, <a href="http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/pemmican" target="_hplink">pemmican is a type of dried meat often made from bison or moose.</a> The meat is usually pounded into a powder and mixed with melted fat, berries and other edible bits.
Red Rose Tea
Canadians drink more than nine billion cups of tea every year, according to the <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Empire-Tea-Alan-Macfarlane/dp/1585674931" target="_hplink">The Empire Of Tea</a></em>. If you've ever visited a Canadian hotel or even spent enough time at your grandparents' house you've probably <a href="http://www.redrosetea.ca/red_rose_tea/product_information.aspx" target="_hplink">seen Red Rose tea bags.</a> How Canadian is Red Rose? They even have a Canadian-blended version.
Oka cheese, a Quebec classic (named after the <a href="http://www.french-at-a-touch.com/Gourmet/Cheese/oka_canadian.htm" target="_hplink">small village of Oka</a>), is a semi-soft pressed cheese made with cow's milk. Oka's rind is often dark orange and has both a<a href="http://www.french-at-a-touch.com/Gourmet/Cheese/oka_canadian.htm" target="_hplink"> nutty and fruity flavour.</a>
Sugar pie or <em>tarte au sucre,</em> is a common dish found in Quebec. These desserts are made with a flour pie crust and are often filled with butter, flour, cream and maple syrup. They can also be topped with fresh fruits and English cream. Check out <a href="http://www.canadianliving.com/food/sugar_pie.php" target="_hplink">this recipe from Canadian Living</a> to make your own.
B.C. Spot Prawns
Wild B.C. spot prawns are actually the largest of <a href="http://www.wildbcspotprawns.com/about" target="_hplink">seven species of shrimp found on the West Coast.</a> These prawns are known for their sweet flavour and firm texture. Another fun fact: these prawns are often a reddish-brown colour but turn bright pink when cooked.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, never fear, Canadian candy is always near. We're proud of our Smarties, Coffee Crisp, Mr. Big, Aero Bar and Crunchie and <a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/2010/10/canadian_candy.php?page=2" target="_hplink">other candy bars only available in Canada.</a> But a little birdie told us our neighbours down south have also been munching on some of these treats — which is okay, because we're happy to share.
It's the ideal summer drink and hair of the dog when you're hungover. The Caesar, Canada's favourite breakfast, lunch and evening cocktail is essentially a Bloody Mary with <a href="http://www.mottsclamato.ca/lang" target="_blank">Clamato</a> instead of tomato juice. Think of Clamato as a spicy tomato-clam juice. It's typically served with celery and lime in a celery salt-rimmed glass, and it's pretty amazing. (Pleaes don't call it a Bloody Caesar, because that's just wrong.)
Sushi pizza, a mini pizza-like creation of a fried rice cake topped with raw fish and spicy mayo, is commonly <a href="http://travel.aol.com/travel-guide/canada/canada/montreal/atami-restaurant-detail-14483/" target="_hplink">found in Japanese restaurants in major Canadian cities</a>. Who actually started this trend? We'd love to know. We've heard <a href="http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/537790" target="_hplink">restaurant owners and forums say Toronto</a> — but sushi pizza has also been popping up in California.
This popular Novia Scotia dessert is made from blueberries and flour dumplings — it's basically like a blueberry pie without the crust. Check out this <a href="http://www.selectnovascotia.ca/?cid=7&id=7" target="_hplink">recipe to make your own.</a>
This two-in-one chocolate and surprise (talk about a win-win situation) wasn't really "invented" in Canada, but you won't find Kinder Surprise eggs in countries like the United States. In fact, even if you're thinking about smuggling some south of the border, you shouldn't. Last year, two <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/07/18/kinder-eggs-illegal-candy-canada-border.html" target="_hplink">men spent two hours in a detention centre after trying to bring these chocolate eggs illegally</a> over the U.S. border. These <a href="http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/10-unusual-food-bans#image-rotator-1" target="_hplink">treats have been banned in the States</a> because of the "non-nutritive object embedded in it."
Girl Guide Mint Cookies
Chocolate-covered mint cookies have come a long way for the Girl Guides of Canada. In 1995, this popular treat was first introduced to all provinces across the country and in <a href="http://www.girlguides.ca/GGC/Cookies/Cookie_History/GGC/Cookies/Cookie_History.aspx" target="_hplink">2003, they were produced in a nut- and peanut-free bakery.</a> And sure, you can find mint cookies anywhere, but these cookies are certainly a Canadian tradition.
Rappie pie is a traditional Acadian dish made from shredded potatoes, and sometimes, with meat and onions. Popular in Nova Scotia, this <a href="http://www.deonsrappiepie.com/" target="_hplink">dish dates back to the 1700s.</a>
These cherries, also known as wild black cherries, are found in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Newfoundland. They are related to plums, peaches and apricots, and are commonly used in <a href="http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/fruit/bla01s00.html" target="_hplink">making juices, jams, jellies and wine, according to the Government of Manitoba.</a>
Who knew that Saskatchewan is the world's largest exporter of green lentils? This nutritious little legume grows in pods and is one of the oldest cultivated crops on earth. They are often<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating/healthy-eating-all-about-lentils/index.html" target="_blank"> found in French, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine</a> and are perfect for wintry soups and stews.
Sourdough In The Yukon
Sourdough bread is particularly popular in the Yukon. But up north, sourdough is made both into <a href="http://breakfast.food.com/recipe/yukon-sourdough-flapjacks-pancakes-34749" target="_hplink">flapjacks and bread.</a> In fact, the territory even celebrates a <a href="http://www.yukonrendezvous.com/about-us/history#2000" target="_hplink">Sourdough Rendezvous festival</a> every year with a bread baking contest and winter activities.
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