French Canadian Shepherd's pie
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French Canadian Shepherd's pie

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Serves 4

A staple in every french canadian household, named "Pate chinois" in french, which could be translated by "Chinese pie". It is said that in the early 18th century, there was a lot of chinese people coming to Canada to work on the train tracks and the food served on the building sites were mainly made with corn, beef and potatoes, the main ingredients of the "Pate chinois".

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  • 500g beef mince
  • 5 big potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
  • 500 ml cream corn
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 250ml milk
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • Salt pepper
  • Ketchup (optional)


    1. Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.
    2. Boil the potatoes in a pot until they are soft, about 12-15 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet and brown the onions for 2-3 minutes.
    4. Add the beef mince to the onions and season well with the salt and the pepper. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the mince has a nice brown color.
    5. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them, add the butter, the milk and mash them. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
    6. In a baking dish, put the beef and onions in the bottom first, then top it wih the cream corn and finally, with the mashed potatoes.
    7. Sprinkle the parsley flakes and the paprika on the top and put it in the oven for 10 minutes.
    8. Broil for an additionnal 5 minutes or until the mashed potatoes have a nice golden crust.
    9. Serve with a lot of ketchup, as that is the way people eat it in Canada.

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27th Jul, 2013
Love this recipe. It has been my favorite since i was a little girl. Its almost exactly the same as our family recipe. Two recommendations i layer mine potato meat corn repeat and potato on top. Also salt and pepper on your meat makes a (good) big difference. Love this.
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