This is another French Canadian specialty from my childhood growing up in Montreal! Cretons de Quebec is a sort of pork pate served most commonly as a spread for toast at breakfast. Personally, I think it has an acquired taste and I never saw the need to acquire it. My sister, however, LOVES the stuff! I was in Quebec City a couple months ago for the WITS conference and tried it again. I think it’s important to try foods again once in a while as our taste buds do change. It was okay but still not spectacular.
Recently though, I learned that many of the locals in Quebec like to add some mustard or jam over top when they eat. Let me tell you, that made all the difference for me. Blackberry jam and Cretons de Quebec are a pretty tasty combination. Hmmm, maybe next time I’ll try it with apple butter. I think the apples and pork would go together especially well.
Cretons de Quebec Recipe
- 1 pound ground pork (try it with ground turkey if you’d prefer!)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 medium onion – finely diced
- 1 clove garlic – minced
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup bread crumbs (depending on how thick you want the mixture to be)
Cook the meat in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Drain off the fat Add the onion, garlic, and spices and cook until onions have softened slightly. Add the milk and bread crumbs and continue to simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Be sure to stir occasionally until the milk mostly evaporates and the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired. This is served cool or even cold from the fridge (which is where it should be stored). Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving to allow it to firm up.