This one-dish meal doesn't have anything to do with Chinese food. Originating more than a century ago in Canada, it came from Chinese immigrants making do with ingredients from their new environment. This is a wonderful comfort food dish that is a family favorite. Kids love this dish! Serve with a green salad and some nice crusty rolls.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart casserole with butter.

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  • Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir ground beef into onion, season with salt and black pepper, and cook ground beef mixture until browned and crumbly, about 10 more minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • Spread cooked ground beef mixture into bottom of the prepared casserole dish; pour cream-style corn over the ground beef in a layer; top with layer of mashed potatoes.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are browned and casserole is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For a quicker meal, you can use mashed potatoes from the grocer's refrigerated section; however, instant potatoes do not work well in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

412 calories; protein 20.3g 41% DV; carbohydrates 57.2g 19% DV; fat 13.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 52.4mg 18% DV; sodium 927.6mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2012
Having a French Canadian mom that loved mashed potatoes meant we had Pate Chinois weekly in winter! For a really quick meal I'll double it use the frozen mashed potatoes (no peeling required) and make an extra for the freezer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2012
I make this almost weekly. I too am french canadian. My mom always called it shepards pie and she would melt butter ontop of it. I someimes put cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2012
Having a French Canadian mom that loved mashed potatoes meant we had Pate Chinois weekly in winter! For a really quick meal I'll double it use the frozen mashed potatoes (no peeling required) and make an extra for the freezer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
I've been eating this dish since I was born-Wonderful stapel. I crush potato chips on the top before I bake it with a little butter-Nice crunch Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2012
I have been eating this ever since I can remember. it is a French Canadian staple..!! When in doubt for dinner... Make Pâté Chenois!!!!! Really is comfort food! Sever with salad and homemade fruit ketchup! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2013
This is a plain shepherd's pie which is incredibly easy to put together once your mashed potatoes are made. I wish I had the memories to tie to this dish (I totally understand that) but felt it was plain. A B = C. In this case - it's literally ground beef creamed corn and mashed potatoes (it wasn't transformed into something else). I did like how the creamed corn added a sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/04/2012
I make this almost weekly. I too am french canadian. My mom always called it shepards pie and she would melt butter ontop of it. I someimes put cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2013
This recipe sounded weird when I read it, but we tried it and love it!! It has become a staple in our house. As for the Cook's Note at the bottom of the recipe, I never use real mashed potatoes because I don't like the consistency of them, I always use instant potatoes and have never had a problem. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2013
I grew up eating Chinese Pie in southern NH. My mom (French-Canadien) made it regularly but she used Campbells vegetable soup instead of corn. (I hated it as I hated most vegetables) Then we got a cafeteria at my grade school in 6th grade and they had it on the lunch menu with CORN! I told my mom I loved it and she made it with corn after that! After I became an adult I learned that it is very tasty with the Campbell's soup also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2014
This is how my mother from Vermont made this and I really love it. We too called it Chinese Pie but I have heard it called Shepard's Pie and most people do not make it with the cream corn but I find the cream corn is what makes it soooo good. I love this dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2015
2 cans of creamed corn was to much. I would suggest 1 can of creamed and 1 can of corn. Very tasty Read More
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