The pizza world finally has its answer to the Double Down, and it’s mercifully confined to Canada: Pizza Hut just unveiled the Cheesy Beef Poutine Pizza, a “unique spin on a true Canadian classic” that’s a fifth of the American pizza chain’s “Something for Every Canadian” line, which also includes a Smokey Maple Bacon pie. It’s essentially poutine piled on top of bread, combining the fatty goodness of french fries, gravy, beef, and cheese curds with a basic pizza crust to make sure all that grease doesn’t go to waste.
A press release from Pizza Hut, published on Eater, claims the poutine pizza was created “in tribute to the classic Canadian street food favourite,” although it seems more in line with all-American dishes like the Doritos Locos taco, the glazed donut breakfast sandwich, and the aforementioned Double Down than, say, a croque monsieur. Then again, it’s probably only a matter of time before a cross-border poutine pizza smuggling operation sets up shop; a pizza with French fries and beef on it belongs in the country that invented the carne asada and French fry burrito.
Also, as unnecessarily indulgent as poutine pizza sounds, don’t think we aren’t wondering what Mile End’s smoked meat poutine would taste like atop a slice from Di Fara’s. Or, if we’re in the mood for more carbs on our pizza, we’ll go get the Baked Potato at Pete Zaaz, featuring creme fraiche, white cheddar, and applewood smoked bacon.