Traditional Food In Quebec, Canada

traditional food in quebec

Quebec is a small French-speaking city in Canada bordering the magnificent St Lawrence river. This majestic island is home to a luxurious castle turned hotel famous for its posh wine and dining called Fairmount Le Chateau Frontenac, the lovely lower town of Old Quebec, the La Citadelle de Quebec Museum and the grand waterfalls of Montmorency Falls. It has one of the best freshwater reserves and home to Lake Mistassini, the largest natural lake. It is considered to be a gem and a nice romantic spot and the French-speaking citizen completes it all. A lesser-known fact about the city is its delicious and traditional cuisine. Take a look at these top traditional foods in Quebec, Canada.

1. Cretons and baked beans

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This delicious meal of cretons and baked beans is a popular delicacy in Quebec, Canada. This traditional meal is normally cooked slowly to make sure you do not lose its flavor. Its ingredients consist of lard mixed with breadcrumbs and milk, and ground pork. For seasoning, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, onion, garlic, and allspice are used. This delightful meal can be found in almost every eatery in Quebec. If you want something you have never experienced before, then you have to get yourself a bowlful of this meal.

2. Soupe aux pois (pea soup)

Pea soup
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The mouthwatering traditional bowl of soup is prepared from peas. Although the final outcome may come out in a different color, this classic cuisine can be taken at any time on the day. The ingredients used to prepare this meal comprises of dried peas, salted bacon, carrots, bay leaves, onions, and celery. A bowl of this soup can be found in almost any restaurant in Quebec. If you know your way around the kitchen and with the right ingredients, you can prepare this meal at home. This can be the perfect appetizer at home as you wait on the main course meal.

3. Oreilles de crisse (crispy pork rinds)

Oreilles de crisse
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Next on our list is this plate full of mouthwatering crispy pork rinds. This meal can be taken at any time of the day. If you want something to take you through the day then you can enjoy this meal as your breakfast over a glass of juice or a cup of tea. This delicacy is prepared in most restaurants in Quebec and is loved by the locals. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare this meal. All you need to prepare this dish at home is thinly slice very fat salt pork with rinds. Boil it for about a minute then drain the water. Fry the slices until the rinds are golden brown then drain on paper towels and you are good to go.

4. Pets de soeur (brown sugar rolls)

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If you are a lover of pastry and you have a sweet tooth, then you have to get a bite of this yummy French-Canadian delicacy. Its name loosely translates to ‘sister’s pats’ or brown sugar rolls. This pastry is filled with brown sugar and butter rolled together and carefully sliced before being baked. This sugary pastry is best served during the holiday seasons and can be a delight to your kids and guests as a quick snack.

5. Sucre à la crème (sugar cream)

Sucre a la creme
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If you are in Quebec and you want to learn something new to boast about at home, then this sugary treat will be an ace up your sleeves. This creamy and sugary delicacy consists of one cup of sugar, one cup of cream, one cup of brown sugar, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. You will need about 30 minutes to complete preparing this treat. You can find it at any candy store in Quebec at any time of the day.

6. Yule log

Buche de Noel (Yule Log)
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Another sugary treat is this mouthwatering creamy delight. This treat is commonly served during Christmas holidays as dessert. It also goes by the name chocolate roulade. Depending on your preference, you can choose from any of the different flavors available or simply sample them all and see which flavor excites your palate. If you want to have a signature meal then you have to include this treat to your menu. Once it is ready, you can typically serve it to eight guests or more depending on their number.

7. Grands-peres a l’erable (maple syrup dumplings)

Maple syrup dumpling
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This delish bowl is commonly prepared in Quebec Canada. If you are skillful in the kitchen all you need is baking powder, salt, flour, milk maple syrup, and water. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare this meal and can serve up to six plates. This palatable meal is best served as dessert and you can get creative and add some berry or fruits with it to further boost its flavor. You can go wild and try new recipes and see if you can enhance or customize it to your liking.

8. Tourtière (meat pie)

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Enjoy a bite of this meat pie that will leave you saying, “more please”. This meal is prepared with minced pork (ground pork), beef, onions, garlic, thyme, cloves, black paper, and potatoes. This meal can be found practically in any restaurant in Quebec and is also regarded as a local delicacy. There is no possible way you can visit the city and miss tasting this delicacy. With the right appliances and ingredients, you can prepare this wonderful family meal at home.

9. Pâté chinois (shepherd's pie)

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Another pie dish is this appetizing plate of shepherds’ pie. All you need to prepare it at home is vinegar mashed potatoes, creamed corn, minced meat (ground beef) and onions. You can enjoy this meal in the restaurants or if you have the skill and properly follow the instructions you can even prepare this delectable meal at home. You can serve this meal as a quick snack, or if you need a light lunch then this can be something you can consider.

Scrumptious list of delicacies

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You can not miss out on having a bite or a taste of one of these delicious eatables. Try one of the recipes at home and impress your family and friends with a touch of Quebec cuisine and we guarantee they will sing your praises.

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