Shepherd’s Pie ( French Canadian Paté Chinois)

[ 8 ] March 2, 2013 |

Shepherd's Pie ( French Canadian Paté Chinois)

I have been thinking about this post for a while. Paté  Chinois is a classic in French Canadian Cuisine.

There is nothing chinese is this recipe. Comfort food, Paté  Chinois is an adaption of Shepherd’s  Pie.

Shepherd's Pie ( French Canadian Paté Chinois)

The explanation for the Chinese reference is that it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the building of North American railroads in the late 19th century.


It was an inexpensive dish to feed a big crowd.

Growing up in Quebec, it was a staple on our table.  Fast, easy and a great casserole that can be prepared in advance.


Paté Chinois is made from layered ground beef, mixed with sauté diced onions on the bottom layer, canned creamed corn for the middle layer and mashed potatoes on top.



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PATE CHINOIS (French Canadian Shepherd’s Pie)
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Serves: 4
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (14oz) can creamed corn
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes, add ground beef, salt, and pepper and cook until brown.
  4. Put in a baking dish.
  5. Pour the creamed corn on top.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes on top and add some butter on top of the potatoes.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.


Paté Chinois, a traditional French Canadian Shepherd's Pie


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  1. Theresa Lucas says:

    I am an American of Portuguese descent on both sides. I grew up in New England. My mother made this dish at least once a week and we loved it.

  2. Bill Buron says:

    My French Canadian Grandmother often made this for the family and it’s a wonderful memorie. Now my wife makes it

  3. Deloris says:

    Hi there!

    I live in Québec city now, but I grew up in the west of Canada, and we had this almost every week too. Of course we called it Shepard’s Pie, and it was made differntly in that there were mixed veg (not canned corn) right in the meat. :) Thanks for posting!

  4. Thank you for this post. Made this as soon as I seen it. My grandma used to make this for me when I was growing up. It was like she was brought back to life by this. Again, thank you very much!

  5. Paul Jacques says:

    My mothers Bostonian family is from Quebec and from Memramcook, NB We moved to North Carolina as children, but we had “Chinese Pudding” for dinner every week growing up. Neighbors thought us strange. I still make it about once a month. I do add a splash or two of Worcestershire sauce to the ground beef while browning. I’ve eaten at hundreds of 4 star restaurants, but nothing beats these flavors. Put some ketchup on top and serve with white bread/butter and bread and butter pickles on the side. Yum!

  6. Andrea Amy says:

    One of my favourite recipes! I make this, but I also add a diced carrot, and some frozen peas to it too!

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