My Mom's Cretons (Aka Gorton)

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

There are as many recipes for Cretons as there are folks making it in Quebec. This recipe is my adaptation of my Family's recipe. Note; it does not contain milk.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs ground pork butt (or ground pork)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 12 teaspoon clove
  • 14 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups water (you may not need it all)
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoon salt


  1. Put all ingredients into a large sauce pot, just covering by an inch with the water.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Simmer on low, stirring frequently for 3-4 hours.
  4. Add water as needed to keep moist and from sticking.
  5. After the alloted cooking time you should have simmered the mixture down till there is about an inch and a half of combined fat and water.
  6. Transfer to a bowl to cool, stirring to keep fat suspended in meat.
  7. Serve warm on toast, or cold for sandwiches.
Most Helpful

Oh my! My grandmother use to make this all the time and, unfortunately, she's passed away. I will definitely try this but, in the mean time, wanted to say thanks for posting and bringing back such happy memories! :) (I use to eat this on toast or crackers)

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I just wrote the last reveiw and forgot to rate it!!!!!! I give it 5 stars!

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Finally someone that does not add milk.. your recipe is very mich like my mom's except that they rendered leaf lard before putting the meat in..and then they would take out the browned cut up pieces of lard and made" cretons de panne" all lard and salty. served cold! on crackers
talk about clogged arteries ! hahaaaa well ty for this recipe love it!