Cretons - French Canadian Pork Pate

By anka
August 7, 2016

Author Notes: Cretons is a French Canadian dish; it is very popular in French-speaking areas of Canada especially Quebec. It is a pork spread containing onions and spices.anka

Serves: lot of people
Prep time: 8 hrs
Cook time: 2 hrs 15 min


  • 3 pounds ground pork
  • 3 medium onions, small dice or grated on cheese grater
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs pulverised in food processor (or not)
In This Recipe


  1. Place all ingredients except bread crumbs in a large pot on high temperature and cook stirring constantly until all meat stay separated and not in the lumps.
  2. Turn heat down to medium and cover with lid.
  3. As the pork simmered for 2 hours stir occasionally if it gets to dry add some water. On the end take the lid off and let the most water evaporate stir in bread crumbs and mix for next 5-6 minutes.
  4. Take off the stove, scope mixture into ramekins or small loaf pan lined with saran wrap, cover and let cool in the fridge overnight.
  5. Serve with nice crusted toasted bread, topped with mustard and pickles, sliced or chopped hard boiled egg or just plain.
  6. This can be frozen too.

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