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A traditional family dinner that is part of every French Canadian table is the famous ‘paté chinois’ which translate to ‘chinese paté’. A 3 layer pie of ground meat followed by the corn and topped by mashed potatoes. This version got a Spanish flair with some extra paprika, garlic, thyme and olive oil.  Paté Chinois / French Canadian Shepherd’s pie is a typical French Canadian meal… Apparently created by the British railroad workers, in the 19th century, as an imitation of the famous “cottage pie” (beef, lamb and mashed potatoes). The dish was an imminent “hit”, at least, for the “on site” railroad workers which included many French Canadians and many Chinese workers. The French brought it back home and called it: Chinese paté… which as nothing to do with China… The “paté chinois” differs from the cottage pie or shepherd pie mainly because of the corn layer in the middle.…

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