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'Chinese' Pie Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

'Chinese' Pie

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"This one-dish meal doesn't have anything to do with Chinese food. Originating more than a century ago in Canada, it came from Chinese immigrants making do with ingredients from their new environment. This is a wonderful comfort food dish that is a family favorite. Kids love this dish! Serve with a green salad and some nice crusty rolls."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart casserole with butter.
  2. Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir ground beef into onion, season with salt and black pepper, and cook ground beef mixture until browned and crumbly, about 10 more minutes. Drain excess grease.
  3. Spread cooked ground beef mixture into bottom of the prepared casserole dish; pour cream-style corn over the ground beef in a layer; top with layer of mashed potatoes.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are browned and casserole is bubbling, about 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • For a quicker meal, you can use mashed potatoes from the grocer's refrigerated section; however, instant potatoes do not work well in this recipe.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 13, 2012

Having a French Canadian mom that loved mashed potatoes meant we had Pate Chinois weekly in winter! For a really quick meal, I'll double it, use the frozen mashed potatoes (no peeling required) and make an extra for the freezer.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 04, 2012

I make this almost weekly. I too am french canadian. My mom always called it shepards pie, and she would melt butter ontop of it. I someimes put cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes.

Oct 06, 2012

I have been eating this ever since I can remember. it is a French Canadian staple.. !! When in doubt for dinner... Make Pâté Chenois!!!!! Really is comfort food! Sever with salad and homemade fruit ketchup!

Oct 09, 2012

I've been eating this dish since I was born-Wonderful stapel. I crush potato chips on the top before I bake it with a little butter-Nice crunch

May 13, 2013

This is a plain shepherd's pie which is incredibly easy to put together once your mashed potatoes are made. I wish I had the memories to tie to this dish (I totally understand that), but felt it was plain. A+B = C. In this case - it's literally ground beef, creamed corn and mashed potatoes (it wasn't transformed into something else). I did like how the creamed corn added a sauce.

Nov 30, 2014

This is how my mother from Vermont made this and I really love it. We too called it Chinese Pie but I have heard it called Shepard's Pie and most people do not make it with the cream corn but I find the cream corn is what makes it soooo good. I love this dish.

Sep 29, 2013

I grew up eating Chinese Pie in southern NH. My mom (French-Canadien) made it regularly but she used Campbells vegetable soup instead of corn. (I hated it as I hated most vegetables) Then we got a cafeteria at my grade school in 6th grade and they had it on the lunch menu with CORN! I told my mom I loved it and she made it with corn after that! After I became an adult, I learned that it is very tasty with the Campbell's soup also.

Feb 12, 2013

This recipe is comfort food that is easy and basic. I have always called this Shepard's Pie but I did get the recipe from a Canadian friend many years ago. I do use onion powder instead of onions because my kids can be picky if they see onions.


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  • Calories
  • 412 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 928 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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