Pâté Chinois (French Canadian Shepherd's Pie)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"Pâté Chinois is a French Canadian dish served often as a weeknight dinner; it is very similar to cottage pie or shepherd’s pie. Traditionally this is made with 1 can corn nibblets and 1 can cream corn but we do not like cream corn so I use 2 cans corn nibblets. This is usually served with ketchup but this up to each individual’s tastes. Every time I make this it gets gobbled up in no time. When making this make sure you use lean ground beef or this will turn out too greasy. If gluten intolerant make sure you are using gluten free soup mix."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (319.4 g)
  • Calories 456.4
  • Total Fat - 24.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 116 mg
  • Sodium - 897 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.2 g
  • Sugars - 4.3 g
  • Protein - 32.4 g
  • Calcium - 52.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 29.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Place the diced potatoes, salt and garlic clove in a pot, cover with water and cook over medium-high heat until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, mix the ground beef, allspice, soup packet and wine in a 10” cast iron skillet and cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink.

Step 3

Spread the corn evenly over the meat.

Step 4

When the potatoes are cooked through, drain the water and remove and discard the clove of garlic.

Step 5

Pour in the cream and add the butter and mash with a potato masher. (add a bit of cream if not creamy enough)

Step 6

When the potatoes are cooled down enough to handle spread them over the corn. I put a bit of oil on my hands and press the potatoes down until evenly spread.

Step 7

Place the skillet in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, until heated through.

Step 8

Scoop into plates and serve with ketchup if desired.

Step 9


Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Oh yes...we thoroughly enjoyed this dish! I made a couple of changes, used half corn and peas, and used yams for the topping. Love the allspice (and probably used a wee bit more than stated). Did use ketchup and found it was really good with it. Will be seeing repeats here. Thanks for sharing Bea! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

review by:
(26 Feb 2020)


We really enjoyed this comfort food dish which we served with biscuits and had apple pie for dessert -- comfort food night! The changes I made was using only one can of corn - my can was bigger than the one indicated in the recipe and adding some frozen mixed vegetables with the corn. Great meal. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(2 Mar 2015)