Skip to main content

Pâté Chinois Recipe

Pâté Chinois is not a Chinese recipe. It may simply be an adaption of "Shepherd's Pie", but one possible explanation for the Chinese reference is that it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the building of the North American railroads in the late 19th century.
Pâté Chinois



4 cups (1 litre) Russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

1/4 cup (60 ml) butter, or more

1/2 cup (125 ml) milk, approximately

1 lb (454 g) lean or semi-lean ground beef

1 onion, finely chopped

1 can 19 oz (540 ml) creamed corn

Paprika, to taste

Dried parsley, to taste

Salt and pepper



In a large pot of salted water, cook the potatoes until they are very tender. Drain.
With a masher, coarsely crush the potatoes with at least 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of butter. With an electric mixer, purée with the milk. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F).
In a large skillet, brown the onion in the remaining butter. Add the meat and cook until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Lightly press the meat at the bottom of a 20-cm (8-inch) square baking dish. Cover with the corn and the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.
Bake for about 30 minutes. Finish cooking under the broiler. Let cool for 10 minutes.


This recipe doubles easily and freezes well.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Number of Servings: 4
Yield: 4 servings
Style: Canadian

Comments (3)

So , because this doubles , I make one and have two ! Right on Makin this tonight ;-}
I adore Pâté Chinois and that’s how we’ve always called it in Quebec, Canada.
My Mom used to make it and I haven’t had it for a long time.
I’m not much of a cook but will try your recipe.
Is this Shepherds Pie ? Lol sure sounds like it :)
Sejmet Recipes
Coquito Pâté Chinois

Share this Recipe

Feeling Creative?

Would YOU like to post your favorite recipe on Connecting Singles?

Why add a recipe? Talking about things you like shows you're real, allows members to get to know you better, and helps you connect to members with similar interests. Similar interests = things in common = great icebreakers! Post your favorite recipe »

Attention: Report Abuse. If this Recipe is inappropriate please report abuse.
We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience possible on our website. Read Our Privacy Policy Here