Family Cooking With Dean McDermott

Dean McDermott visits Good Day LA with his kids Liam and Stella to share a recipe from his new book: "The Gourmet Dad: Easy and Delicious Meals the Whole Family Will Love."

Check out the full video demo HERE with Dean McDermott on our FOX 11 YouTube Channel.

In the video, you can see Dean showing Lisa Breckenridge and Maria Sansone how to make his Potato "Bug" Poutine—a dish easy to make with the whole family.

Here's the recipe for Dean's potato "bug" poutine dish:

This easy side dish is a nod to my Canadian roots. The "bugs" look great on the plate, are fun to make with kids and are amazingly tasty. These potatoes are a true, all-purpose side that will go with just about any main dish. I love this so much, I'd serve it with a peanut butter sand­wich. Seriously.


Poutine Gravy

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups canola oil (depending on the size of pan)
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cheese curds
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and add the flour. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes.

2. Add the beef stock, ketchup and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Con­tinue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, and taste and season with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside and keep warm.

3. Prepare the "bugs." Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise. Set a sweet potato half on a cutting board, cut-side down, and cut thin slices across it—without cutting all the way through—to create an accordion fan. Repeat this process with the remaining sweet potato halves.

4. Add the oil to a large high-sided frying pan or a deep fryer (add more oil, if needed, to cover the potatoes). Heat the oil over high heat until it reaches 350°F.

5. Use tongs to place the sweet potatoes in the oil. Fry the sweet potatoes in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding. Cook until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove the sweet potatoes to a paper towel–lined plate to drain the excess oil.

6. With the tip of a sharp knife, poke two little holes at one end of each "bug," and stick a chive in each hole for antennae. Dust the sweet potatoes with salt and pepper, top with the cheese curds and then cover with the reserved poutine gravy. Serve hot.

You can see Dean and his wife Tori Spelling in person on Saturday, May 2nd at the Grove at 4pm where they will be signing copies of his book.

For more details, you can check out:

Follow Dean on Twitter: @imdeanmcdermott

We also mentioned that Tori and her brother Randy will be signing copies of Randy's new book this Sunday, April 26th at 4pm at Book Soup in West Hollywood.

For the details, you can check out:

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