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French-Canadian Gorton Pork Spread

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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5 h 15 m servings 59
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 cups)


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  1. Place the pork, onion, cinnamon, and clove into a saucepan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour in water to just cover the meat. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the water has nearly evaporated, about 1 hour. Stir occasionally to ensure the pork cooks evenly.
  2. Use a potato masher or wire whisk to break the pork into thin strands. Pour off any remaining liquid, then spoon the gorton into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until cold before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 59 calories; 3.5 1.4 5.1 18 18 Full nutrition

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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 re...

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...

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 appr...

just something missing. not enough tang to the taste. doesn't spread smoothly as it should. crumbles and falls apart. not easy to spread but the batter came out as smooth as can be. family used ...

Just the way my mom made it. Only, don't use mustard, use ketchup.