Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs

As a native NYer relocated to French Quebec, the discovery of this morning morsel was very appealing though daunting because of the calories slathered on by the pork. This recipe is a lighter version of this "traditional Quebecquois" breakfast meal and I think more tasty, quick and easy to make. Served on toast, this savory pate is a meal in itself without the extra pounds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. This is a quick and easy version of the original recipe for Cretons.
  2. Simply place the veal into a 2-quart saucepan.
  3. Add all the ingredients at one time, plus one can of water as suggested on the soup can.
  4. Mix well and cook uncovered on the stovetop over a very low flame until all the liquid is absorbed and mixture is very thick in consistency; approximately 3 hours.
  5. Cool slightly and pour into individual covered plastic containers and chill overnight.
  6. This can be frozen for freshness and defrosted easily.


Most Helpful

Currently living in Southwestern Ontario, I was born and raised in Quebec...Cretons is something I crave, but only get on trips home (which is good for the waistline!) The recipe is easy and delicious; the next time I make this I will be cutting down on the amount of clove (for my Husband) it is slighthly overpowering. THanks so much for this lighter version!

MichelleAnne1 September 05, 2004

My husband is Acadian from New Brunswick and he always pines for his mama's Creton. I found this recipe and liked it because of the lower-fat twist to it. I made it and we both thought it tasted just as good as his mother's! (BTW - the natives like to eat it on some whole grain toast with some mustard slathered on top - YUMMY!) Thanks for posting this!

JosieM August 07, 2004

This recipe epitomizes what I love about 'Zaar; just when you think you have heard it all, someone comes up with a delicious new thing to try! I made this exactly as written, and it did smell yummy while it was cooking. Tried it out on my breakfast toast this morning - SO GOOD!! I can't eat cottage cheese, and I get sick of having a boiled egg every morning - now I have a delicious alternative! Try it, you'll like it!

Sudie November 10, 2003

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