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Traditional pâté chinois

Let’s move past the odd name of the dish and dive right into it. Pâté chinois is the French-Canadian version of the English shepherd’s pie and is mighty delicious. It’s simple to make, and your whole family will enjoy it!

Pâté chinois

Traditional pâté chinois

Serving size 6


  • 5 potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 600 grams of lean ground beef
  • 1 can of creamy corn
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a skillet, sauté the onions and the bell peppers until tender.
  2. Add the ground beef, and cook until there is no trace of pink left (very important, always cook your meat well!). Add salt and pepper.
  3. While the meat is cooking, mash your potatoes, season to taste, and add the milk.
  4. In a baking dish, place the beef mixture, and spread evenly. Add the creamy corn on top, spreading evenly as well. Finally, spread the mashed potatoes on top, and lightly dust with paprika.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25–30 minutes or until the mashed potatoes are golden in colour.

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