Pâté Chinois (Quebec Style Shepherd's Pie)

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Recipe: #41611

September 16, 2023

"Literally, this means Chinese Pie, but it is considered a typical dish of Quebec. According to some sources, cooks for the Chinese railway workers in 19th century Canada came up with this dish as a variation on Shephard’s Pie because it was an economical way to feed all the workers. Apparently, Canadians liked it so much, it stuck around and became the national dish of Quebec!"

Original is 4-6 servings
  • For the Mashed Potatoes
  • For the Casserole


  • Serving Size: 1 (480.7 g)
  • Calories 541.2
  • Total Fat - 20.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 103.1 mg
  • Sodium - 4529.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.8 g
  • Sugars - 7.1 g
  • Protein - 36.6 g
  • Calcium - 71.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 28.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 2

In a sauce pan, place peeled and quartered potatoes and boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes, until tender.

Step 3

Drain and add the milk, butter, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.

Step 4

Beat with a mixer until smooth and fluffy. (If using leftovers, mashed potatoes, beat until smooth texture, adding a bit of milk if necessary.) Set the potatoes aside.

Step 5

In a large skillet, heat butter.

Step 6

Add the diced onion and sauté over medium-high heat until the onions are golden, 3-5 minutes.

Step 7

Add the ground beef and brown until it is cooked through.

Step 8

Add the paprika, thyme, and salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.

Step 9

Pour the onion and beef mixture into the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish.

Step 10

Evenly distribute the corn over the meat.

Step 11

Spread the potatoes over the corn, creating an even top crust.

Step 12

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.


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