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pâté chinois classique québécois

Classic shepherd's pie

Chinese pâté is a traditional Quebec dish that has passed down through generations. Known for its simplicity and comforting side, this dish has become an icon of family cooking in Quebec. It's a recipe ideal for those who are new to cooking or who wish to discover an element of Quebec's culinary culture.

History and Origins

The name “shepherd’s pie” is a fun historical mystery. Contrary to what one might think, this dish does not have Chinese origins. One of the most popular theories suggests that Chinese workers, during the construction of the Canadian railway in the 19th century, inspired this recipe with their simple and economical way of cooking. Another explanation is that the term "Chinese" was used in Quebec to designate something strange or exotic.

Why “Pâté Chinois”?

The name could also come from the French adaptation of “Shepherd's Pie”, Chinese pâté being a simplified version of this dish. The basic ingredients – meat, corn and potatoes – were easy to obtain and economical, making them a popular choice among families on a budget.

Popularity and User-friendliness

A Comfort Dish

Shepherd's pie is an emblematic dish in Quebec, particularly appreciated for its ability to bring people together. It is often served at family gatherings, community meals or evenings with friends. Its simple preparation and generous nature make it the ideal dish for large tables.

A Cultural Landmark

Over the years, shepherd's pie has become more than just a meal; it is an element of Quebec’s culinary identity. Each family has its own version of the recipe, often passed down from generation to generation. This dish bears witness to the history and culture of Quebec, reflecting the ingenuity and adaptability of its inhabitants.

Summary of the Chinese Pâté Recipe
🔍 Information Details
⏱️ Preparation time 30 minutes
🍳 Cooking time 15 minutes
⏲️ Total time 45 minutes
🔧 Difficulty level Easy
🍽️ Servings 6 servings
🔥 Calories (approximate) 550 per serving

  • 454 g semi-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spices (allspice type)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Butter (for cooking)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large potatoes (or 4-5 medium, or 6-7 small), yellow or white, for mashing
  • Butter and milk for the mash
  • Salt and pepper to taste for the puree
  • Paprika to decorate (optional)
  • 1 can (398 ml) creamed corn
  • 1 can (341 ml) corn kernels, drained

  1. Preparation of the meat:

  2. Preparing the mashed potatoes:

  3. Assembly :

  4. Cooking :

Additional Questions and Answers about Pâté Chinois

Q1: Can other types of meat be used for shepherd's pie?

A1: Yes, although ground beef is the most traditional, it is entirely possible to use ground pork, lamb or even a mixture of meats. Some also choose to use meat substitutes for a vegetarian version.

Q2: What are the options to make this dish healthier?

A2: For a healthier version of shepherd's pie, you can use lean ground beef or even ground turkey. Replacing some of the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower is another popular option for cutting carbs and calories.

Q3: How can I customize the taste of my shepherd's pie?

A3: Spices and herbs can greatly influence the taste of your dish. Adding garlic powder, paprika, or a mixture of Provence herbs can enrich the flavor of the meat. For the mash, consider adding a little grated cheese or minced garlic for added character.

Q4: Does shepherd's pie freeze well?

A4: Yes, shepherd's pie freezes very well. Make sure to cool it completely before covering it tightly. It can be stored in the freezer for about 3 months. To reheat it, it is best to defrost it in the refrigerator before reheating it in the oven.

Q5: Are there any recommended accompaniments for shepherd's pie?

A5: Although shepherd's pie is often served as a complete dish, you can accompany it with a green salad or seasonal vegetables to add a touch of freshness. A crusty baguette or rustic bread can also complete the meal.

Q6: What is the best way to reheat shepherd's pie?

A6: To reheat the shepherd's pie, cover the dish with aluminum foil and reheat it in the oven at 350°F (about 175°C) until heated through, which usually takes about 20 minutes. You can also reheat it in portions in the microwave for a quick fix.

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1 comment

Originalement chez nous on faisait le pâté chinois avec un restant de toast bref, pour nourrir la gang le rôti qui restait n’était plus suffisant alors ma mère passait le restant du rôti dans le moulin haché pour ensuite procéder comme avec le steak haché mais en employant le jus du rôti aussi. Faut dire qu’à l’époque le morceau de rôti était beaucoup plus gros que de nos jours

Chapleau Hélène

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