Evelyn Chartres Author
Pork

Cretons

This is a classic French-Canadian breakfast spread. Made with pork, onions, spices and served over bread, this dish can be readily found in any Québec kitchen. While this spread can be served straight, many will enhance the flavour with mustard.

In English Canada this dish will typically get some confused looks. However, this dish should be judged with your tastebuds!

Ingredients

  • ¾ pounds (340 g) of cubed lean pork
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of dry breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of white pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.63 ml) of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a pot. Bring to boil while stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Simmer with a closed lid for an hour.
  3. Remove from heat then let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Use a blender until you have a smooth texture.
  5. Let cool then refrigerate overnight.

Ginger, Peanut, and Pork Tenderloin

A tasty way to marinate pork tenderloin using ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce and various spices. This dish is typically, cut into tender bite-sized pieces and is a family favourite!

This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I use this when going camping for the week, since it can be used as cold packs as it thaws and allows me to get supper done on the first day without much effort.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml)  of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground ginger
  • 1 clove (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 1 pound (450 g) of pork tenderloin

Instructions

  1. In a freezer bag, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a straw take out any excess air then seal the bag.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least two (2) hours or preferably overnight.  Mix contents occasionally.
  4. Grill pork tenderloin until meat is cooked throughout.  Occasionally baste with marinade to enhance flavour.
  5. Cut up tenderloin into bite-sized pieces. Ready to serve.

Italian Porketta

A tasty combination of pork and seasonings. While the roast itself has great flavour, it can also be served with a rich hunter sauce, roast potatoes and some tasty greens.  This recipe is easy to prepare, is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (900 mg) of pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Combine seasonings and used to coat the roast.
  3. Roast in a shallow pan for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
  4. Let roast rest for 5 minutes before carving. Ready to serve.

Tourtière

Meat Pie

There are many variants of tourtières and this one is the most iconic version. Filled with ground beef and pork, covered in crust and baked in the oven, this dish is often enjoyed with hunter sauce or ketchup.

For an added kick, add some grated cheddar cheese before the top layer of crust is added. Stuff crust tourtière?

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of ground pork
  • 1 pound of (450 g) of ground beef
  • 4 cups (940 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ cup (125 ml) of diced onions
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Using a 3 quart (2.8 litre) saucepan pour in chicken broth followed by ground meat.
  3. Heat on medium-high and stir occasionally until cooked.
  4. Remove from heat, drain then set aside.
  5. Melt butter in a pan. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent.
  6. Mix onions and garlic with the ground meat. Halve the meat mixture then fill two 9 inch (23 cm) pie crusts. Cover with crust, cut some slits so vapours can escape.
  7. Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before cutting into slices and serving.

Cipaille

Sea Pie

featured_cipaille_webI saw an article about Quebe’c Secret Meat Pie. Cipaille is a recipe which hails from my mother’s side of the family.  After a bit of research and I was able to adjust my mother’s recipe to be more historically accurate.  Now this recipe features six layers and uses quatre épices which is popular in French Canadian cooking.

This recipe is said to have origins from within the British Navy. It features a deep-dish pie which features three meats and potatoes.  The cloves give it a distinctive flavour which really makes this unique among my recipes.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2½ cups (590 ml) of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk

Cipaille

  • ½ pound (225 g) of porc
  • ½ pound (225 g) of beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of chicken
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1½ pounds (700 g) of potatoes
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Cut pork, beef and chicken into small ½ inch (125 mm) cubes.
  2. Mince onions and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl add pork, beef, chicken, onions are garlic. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt then knead until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Cover bowl then place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  6. Cut potatoes into cubes then set aside.
  7. Except for ½ cup (120 ml) of flour, place ingredients for the crust into a medium-sized bowl.  Knead and add remaining flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
  8. In a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot, layer half of the meat mix, layer half of the potatoes and cover with half the dough.
  9. Repeat with the remaining half of meat, potatoes and dough.  Make a hole in the middle of the dough down to the bottom of the pot.  This will allow you to monitor fluid levels.
  10. Pour chicken broth into the hole until level with upper crust.
  11. Place in oven for 5 to 6 hours.  Check levels from time to time, adding remaining broth until ready.
  12. Remove from oven and meal is ready-to-serve.