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Pâté Chinois (Chinese Pie) is a traditional French Canadian main course, and is often served during the cold months of the year. It is typically served with pickled beets.
- 8 med fresh whole white potatoes
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 small yellow or Spanish onion, chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1 (15oz) can whole kernel corn, drained or 1 (15oz) can creamed sweet corn with sauce
- 2 T butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt and pepper
- Boil potatoes in lightly salted water until soft, drain. Mash potatoes, adding 2 T butter and just enough milk to achieve a spreadable consistency. Set aside.
- Brown ground beef with onions and peppers. Drain fat and put ground beef mixture in bottom of casserole dish.
- Mix creamed corn and whole kernel corn and spread over beef.
- Spread the mashed potatoes across the top to form a 'crust'. Lightly sprinkle with paprika, and salt/pepper to taste, and make tracks with a fork, if desired.
- Bake uncovered at 400F until the potatoes are golden brown. (approximately 30 minutes)
- Serve hot with a generous portion of sliced chilled pickled beets.
Notes, tips, and variations
- Mix 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese with potatoes, or place shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of potatoes before cooking.
- See also, Shepherds Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Pate Chinois