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Sep 8, 2013 01:06 PM

Are you Canadian? What's the one meat dish that represents our country?

I've been part of a dinner club for the past 20+ years. We pick a theme and do a potluck. We recently realized that we have never done Canada as a theme. So the mandate is "if you would show a visitor, to our country, only ONE dish that you think best represents us, what would you pick'? I'm tasked with preparing 2 main course meat dishes.

Of course I have some of my own ideas but was hoping to hear from fellow Canucks about what one dish they would pick. As an Albertan I tend to think about beef, but what's the challenge in that? Easy peasy... I'd love to hear what others would do.

Thanks Chowfriends, you always have the BEST ideas!

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  1. I am not Canadian but I lived about an hour away from Montreal in new York State. Something I came to love was Tourtiere. I make it every Christmas eve.

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    1. re: Candy

      Not Canadian either tho I've spent a couple years living in Vancouver (LOVE it!).

      I was also going to say Tourtière. Not something you'll find easily in BC but beyond delicious and the perfect food for cold winters.

      1. re: Candy

        My Canadian husband also immediately answered Tourtiere.

      2. I'd say the answer depends on what part of the country you live in....(I live in Toronto)

        East Coast (PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia) - lobster suppers, mussels, and Dalvay by the Sea's sticky toffee pudding

        Quebec - tourtière

        Ontario - a bit of a mix of everything. My husband's family would say various game meats (they are from Northern Ontario), myself (being a Southern Ontario/Toronto kid) would give you more of a "world cuisine" answer. But, check out the menus of Canoe or Globe (both in Toronto) for some inspiration

        When I think of the Prairies, beef, potatoes and Earl's skin Palace ;)

        BC - salmon (in particular, Haida candy version), seafood in general.


        Your dinner parties sound wonderful. Enjoy

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        1. re: CocoaChanel

          By the way, I have the same "notions" about the US... I am way more likely to order seafood in Boston and a steak in Dallas or Chicago, than the reverse


        2. I lived in Alberta for a couple of decades. I immediately think of beef, as if there's any dish that actually represents our country other than Nanaimo bars or tourtiere. Or poutine. Or whale blubber. :P

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          1. re: LMAshton

            Canadian Bacon! Or the famed peameal bacon sandwich from Anthony Bourdain layover trip show to Toronto,

            My first thought though was tourtière, poutine with Canadian back bacon, or seal flipper or cod tongue from Newfoundland. I have to admit the cod tongues were tasty... Considering they were crisp, battered, and fried.

            Whale blubber... Ick.

            1. re: Nevy

              Does anyone in any area of Canada actually call it Canadian Bacon?

              1. re: FrenchSoda

                No. It's just bacon, here. ;)
                (With apologies to Big Bang Theory).

                We either call it back bacon or peameal bacon.

                1. re: FrenchSoda

                  I never heard anyone refer to it in Vancouver.

                      1. re: LMAshton

                        No one calls it Canadian Bacon in my area of the country either, it's peameal or sometimes back bacon. Just curious if anyone anywhere else actually does.

                        1. re: FrenchSoda

                          People need to remember that "Canadian Bacon" and "Peameal Bacon" aren't the same thing.

                          You can buy "Canadian Bacon" here but it's not that popular. It's more like a dry cured pork loin whereas "Peameal Bacon" is cured, wet and rolled in corn meal.

                          Another way to look at it is CB is what American's think we eat and PB is what we do eat.


                2. I'm not Canadian, but my best friend is (Quebec). I'd say either poutine or maple bacon pie. But those are Quebecoise and you know what, Canada's a BIG country. Curious to see more answers.

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                  1. re: ratgirlagogo

                    Please tell me about maple bacon pie? I've never heard of it and some of my family lives in Canada.

                    1. re: JMF

                      I think they actually called it sugar pie? Some kind of of maple sugar pie with a bacon fat based crust (with pieces of bacon in it). I thought it was really good, but my friend's family pretty much universally hated it, was embarrassed by it, and considered it the quintessential example of their grandma's awful down-home cooking. Poor grandma (excuse me, grandmere) should have just lived long enough to cash in on the bacon dessert bandwagon.

                  2. How about venison or bison steaks?

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