Cretons

A cold meat spread similar to rillettes. Made with ground pork and seasoned with spices such as cinnamon, savory, and cloves, cretons is a Québec classic and popular spread on toast at breakfast.

Traditional Québec Cuisine

Baked beans (fèves au lard)

A traditional dish consisting mainly of beans and pieces of pork fatback, slow-cooked in an earthenware dish. A number of variations exist, but the most popular is made with maple syrup.

Traditional Québec Cuisine

Pea soup (soupe aux pois)

A soup consisting of dry yellow peas, salt pork, and vegetables such as small pieces of carrots, simmered in water seasoned with a bay leaf. Pea soup is often part of the traditional meal served at sugar shacks.

Traditional Québec Cuisine

Meat pie (pâté à la viande)

A seasoned ground beef pie with a top and bottom crust.

Traditional Québec Cuisine

Poutine

A dish consisting of French fries and fresh cheese curds topped with hot gravy.

Poutine

Pig’s trotter stew (ragoût de pattes de porc)

A stew made with pig’s trotters, potatoes, and spices, simmered for about half a day.

Meatball stew (ragoût de boulettes de porc)

A dish consisting of meatballs made with ground beef, pork, veal, or a blend of all three and typically seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and rolled in flour. The meatballs are then simmered with onion and broth thickened with flour. It is often served with boiled potatoes.

Sugar pie (tarte au sucre)

A single-crust pie filled with a mixture of cream, flour, egg, and brown sugar, which is sometimes replaced with maple syrup.

Traditional Québec Cuisine

Poor man’s pudding cake (pouding chômeur)

A dessert made with white cake batter and a brown sugar and cream sauce. Both parts are layered in a pan and baked until a sweet syrupy pudding with a cakey topping forms.

Traditional Québec Cuisine