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Cretons de Quebec recipe

Cretons de Quebec

Cretons de Quebec is a sort of pork pate served most commonly as a spread for toast at breakfast. Try it with blackberry jam or apple butter.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine French Canadian
Keyword pate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 137 kcal


  • 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


  1. Cook the meat in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown.  Drain off the fat.
  2. 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.
  3. Be sure to stir occasionally until the milk mostly evaporates and the mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired.
  5. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Cretons de Quebec
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 66IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.