10 Foods to Make While Singing "O Canada"

June 30, 2017

Tomorrow in Canada, it's all parades, festivals, concerts, and fireworks: It's Canada Day! Whether you're in Canada now, a Canadian expat living elsewhere, or just looking for something to celebrate, fête the country's national day with a lot more than maple syrup (though there's maple syrup on this list, too). Here are recipes for 10 Canada-inspired snacks—some national dishes, some nationally inspired.

Grandma Joan's Butter Tarts by crepesofwrath

Butter tarts

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Maple Cream by Carey Nershi

Maple cream


Sugar Pie (Tarte au Sucre) by Miranda Keyes

Sugar pie


Vegetarian Poutine by Heather Hands



Beet-Cured Salmon by Derek Laughren



Homemade Bagels by Kenzi Wilbur



Maple-Poached Eggs by Casey Elsass

Maple eggs


Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese by mrslarkin



Maple Sorbet by HCR



Nanaimo Bars by buttermeupbk

Nanaimo Bars

This post originally ran July 1, 2015. We're running an updated version because—well, it's Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! Share your best uses for maple syrup in the comments.

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Yvette July 2, 2017
Thanks for this!!!
SandraH July 1, 2017
So sorry, their last name is Podleski - Greta and Janet Podleski!
SandraH July 1, 2017
Happy Canada Day! There's lots happening today, July 1, 2017, across our wonderful country celebrating our 150th birthday! Further to maple syrup, I like using it in this delicious recipe by Canadian Podolski sisters (Janet and Greta) which is in their Looneyspoons cookbook - "Marla's Maple Pork Tenderloin". Once the pork tenderloin is cooked, I rest it covered, strain the sauce and bring to a boil for a couple minutes, then serve over the pork tenderloin slices and mashed potatoes, of course! Add your favourite vegs/salad. It's delicious! Here's their recipe:


Marla's Maple Pork

Roasted pork tenderloin drizzled with a flavourful maple and orange sauce

1 lb (750 g) pork tenderloin

1/2 cup (125 mL) pure maple syrup

2 tbsp (25 mL) each reduced-sodium soy sauce and ketchup

1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard

2 tsp (10 mL) grated orange zest

1 tsp (7 mL) each curry powder and ground coriander

2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic

1 tsp (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce

Trim pork of all visible fat. Place pork in a large, heavy-duty, resealable plastic bag. Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour over pork in bag. Seal bag and allow pork to marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Transfer pork and marinade to a small roasting pan or baking dish. Roast, uncovered, at 350°F (180°C) for 40 minutes. Pork should be slightly pink in middle.

Let pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice thinly. Drizzle extra sauce over pork and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 226 calories, 4.5 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 25 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fibre, 74 mg cholesterol, 310 mg sodium.
Linda R. July 2, 2015
I made a maple cheesecake on Thanksgiving for my family. It was incredible.
Jen W. July 1, 2015
What, no tourtiere? I know it's usually for New Year's Eve, but still.
Caroline L. July 2, 2015
do you have a recipe? please share!
Talia R. July 1, 2015
I love you for doing this, Caroline Lange. Also, THAT VEG POUTINE UGH
brothercadfael July 2, 2017
There are so many GREAT Canadian culinary regions, Chefs restaurants and traditional foods, you could write a book. Many have. I'm so proud of the quality and diversity of our food, the relationships we have with our farmers, markets and chefs, the beautiful Country Inns and Wineries reflecting the best seasonal local offerings. Happy Birthday Canada! As our anthem says-Patriot Love & Glowing Hearts ...True North Strong and Free! Wishing you the best and most peaceful Fourth of July friends.