Maple and Asian-Flavoured Pork Cretons


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Recipe — Maple and Asian-Flavoured Pork Cretons
Metric Imperial

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 1/2 cup ginger, chopped
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves, crushed (found in Asian markets)
  • 2 1/4 lbs lean ground pork
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup soya sauce (Kikkoman)
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup lard

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, sweat the onion and garlic in the sesame oil for 2 – 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the outer leaves of the lemongrass and add only the white part to the pan, along with the ginger and kaffir lime leaves. Sweat for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add the ground pork and cook for about 40 minutes or until it is cooked through.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring well.
  5. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet so that it cools faster.
  6. Remove the kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass.
  7. Serve with toasted bread.
  8. Note: When kept in an airtight container, all or a portion of the cretons can be frozen with no problem.

The Fédération des producteurs acéricoles du Québec is not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

Recipes by Jean-Claude Chartrand

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