Cretons (French Canadian Spiced Meat Spread)Posted: November 17, 2013
One of the best parts of being French Canadian is that I have a long family history of making traditional comfort foods that have been passed down from generation to generation. This recipe is the one that my Grand-Maman made during the holidays every year, and was passed down to my mom. This weekend, she asked her girls to help her out by making cretons (as she does every year at this time, to give away as Chrismas gifts). I thought it would be a great opportunity to preserve our heritage by capturing the recipe in a post!
Cretons is essentially a spiced meat spread. I know what you’re thinking – a meat spread? It sounds absolutely disgusting – and some in my family might agree with you (ehrm, my sister!), but with the perfect combination of spices and meat, you will be coming back for seconds! My mom did all of the first steps to the recipe, so that it could simmer for 4 hrs before we arrived. Here’s the recipe as it is simmering.
Cretons (Courtesy of Grand-maman Bernier)
You will need:
3 lbs ground pork
1/2 lb lard
3 medium onions
1 cup boiling water
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
Melt lard in a large pot until crisp. Strain. Add pork, onion and water to the lard and on high for 15 mins, stirring constantly to break up the meat into small chunks. Reduce heat, simmer for 4 hrs. Towards the end of the cooking time, add spices and salt and pepper. Let cool slightly. Blend until you have a spreadable consistency. Let fully cool before putting it in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy on crackers or on toast.