Quebec Cretons

This spreadable meat dish is similar to pâté but with more texture.  Cretons are a very typical eastern Canada dish served at breakfast time on toasted bread.  Cretons are sometimes also served on a cheese platter.





  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground veal
  • 2 onions finely minced
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope flavorless gelatin


  1. Place all the ingredients (except gelatin) in a heavy saucepan.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for one hour, stirring often.  Turn off heat.
  2. Mash down the mixture with a hand potato masher to a coarse consistency.
  3. Incorporate the gelatin to the mixture.
  4. Cool completely, then stir the mixture.  Put mixture in small containers and refrigerate or freeze.

Will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or up to 3 months in the freezer.


One Response to Quebec Cretons

  1. Peter says:

    Oh Geez…I had Creton for brekkie but it was more bacon fat that this good stuff you have here.

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