"Old recipe from French-Canadian Memere (Grandma). Delicious and spicy pork spread for sandwiches. Pronounced 'gah-ton'. Enjoy on a sandwich with mustard or eat alone." — Polish Frog
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lean pork butt, cut into pieces
salt and black pepper to taste
In Quebec cuisine, cretons (sometimes gorton or corton, especially among New Englanders of Quebec origin) is a pork spread containing onions and spices. Due to its fatty texture and taste, it resembles French rillettes. Cretons are usually served on toast as part of a traditional Quebec breakfast.
I made this for a potluck and flavors are so much more complex than the recipe implies. People scarfed it down and it was one of the first dishes to be cleaned out. One thing that I would appreciate with the recipe is a little bit of acid. I tried splashing some cider vinegar but after sampling it seemed dangerous so I stopped. I'll play around with it a little more and figure out what I like: white vinegar?, wine?, citrus?, ??? But it's still pretty awesome as it is.
Thank you! My grandmother made this each Christmas Eve. We would tease each other that the only 'real' French-Canadiens in the family would eat it. Delicious on white bread fresh from the bakery or bread-maker with gulden's brown mustard. I couldn't even spell this, but I found what I was looking for and am going to make it Christmas Eve.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
French-Canadian Gorton Pork Spread
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 32
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