One of my favorite vacations I ever had was when I flew into Toronto and drove across eastern Canada all the way to Nova Scotia and back. It was fall and the weather was rainy, cold, dark…and the country was beautiful!! I had spent lots of time on the west coast of Canada but never this far east and I loved it! The best part of the trip was experiencing the different cultures and food as I traveled further east. Specifically, the French Canadian province of Québec. What a lovely place to discover. There in Québec City during a heavy snowfall and wandering the small cobblestone streets I discovered some amazing local and interesting foods. One I fell in love with instantly was cretons. Cretons is a distinctively Québecois pork spread made with onions and spices, similar to the French rillettes. It is traditionally served as a breakfast spread on toast and what a delicious way to start the day, especially during the cold winter months when you need a hearty breakfast to wake up to. Even though we’ve had unseasonably warm weather here in Seattle this winter, the mornings have been chilly and frosty and so I decided to make this as an ode to the incredible winter that’s been gripping the rest of the country. You will love this and it is so easy!! There are many variations of cretons, and honestly I’ve used this recipe for so many years I can’t even remember where I discovered it, but however you decide to make this, it will be one that you will make over and over again.
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 pork butt, cut into small dice
4 onions, cut into small dice
1/4 c. minced garlic
kosher salt and pepper
In a large pot saute’ pork, onions and garlic over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes. Cover with water and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until water is reduced and pork is tender. Mash mixture with a potato masher, adding all spices, salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon at a time until flavorful and delicious! Place into covered containers and chill overnight or until firm.
Spread on toast or crusty bread for an amazing, hearty breakfast!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn