Cretons are an old French Canadian recipe. It was made with lots of lard and pork. This light version will be a delightful surprise. Spread on your favorite bread or crackers.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
2 hrs
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place ground turkey, 1 cup water, onion, cloves, sage, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring turkey mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, mashing ingredients occasionally with a spatula while cooking; remove from heat.

  • Stir gelatin into remaining 1/2 cup water; stir gelatin mixture into turkey mixture. Transfer to a small container; refrigerate until cool, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; protein 9.8g 20% DV; carbohydrates 1.5g 1% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterol 33.5mg 11% DV; sodium 28.7mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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I'm a huge cretons addict, having be raised on it in my French Canadian family. I always love trying different variations. This was definitely a huge change for me as I'd never tried making them "healthier" using turkey...and you know what, I bet you could trick someone into thinking it was pork just on flavor alone. The texture was a little off, since gelatin is the binder instead of fat and bread. I wasn't a huge fan of this since it ended up very firm and hard to spread. But, that said, I think you could use less gelatin, and/or bring the cretons to room temp before serving. The one major thing I suggest is to add salt! It will be way too bland without. Try 1 tsp to really bring out the flavors. I always eat this the traditional way...on toast with yellow mustard. Yum! Read More