This is a recipe that my MIL gave me. It's French Canadian and called Pate Chinois, which translates to Chinese Pie. It's a little twist on shepherd's pie but it's simple, delicious and sticks to your ribs on a cold, wintry night! Leftovers (not typical in my house!) are even better as the flavors all blend nicely. Good comfort food!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9x13-inch casserole
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.

  • Mash potatoes with 2 tablespoons margarine; stir in milk. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons margarine in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in onions and saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Spread onions evenly over bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Cook and stir ground beef in same skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up large pieces, about 5 minutes. Layer beef into baking dish evenly over onion layer.

  • Wipe out skillet; place corn and creamed corn in skillet over medium heat and cook and stir until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour corn mixture over beef in baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over corn mixture; dot with remaining 4 tablespoons margarine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbly and lightly browned at edges and margarine is melted, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute butter for margarine if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

437 calories; protein 17.1g 34% DV; carbohydrates 43g 14% DV; fat 23.2g 36% DV; cholesterol 44.3mg 15% DV; sodium 447.6mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
I tried this recipe with a few of my own twist. My family loved it. I omitted the cream corn. Cooked everything separate and added it all together later. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2014
Should let ground beed simmer about an hour ya don't want tough gr. beef. Try it you'll like it. Read More
15 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2016
I didn't make any changes and it was a nice dish on a cold winter night. My six year old grandson had two servings. I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2014
Tastes just like Memère's! I like to sprinkle the top with a little paprika and parsley to jazz it up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
I tried this recipe with a few of my own twist. My family loved it. I omitted the cream corn. Cooked everything separate and added it all together later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2014
Tasty and pretty quick. I omitted cream corn and added fresh baby carrots...simmered with ground beef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
Made this dish because I had left over ribs the night before. Wanted a recipe I can make to use the meat. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. My 5 boys LOVED this dish and the best part... it was easy to make. I ll be making this again for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2017
I'll add this to my standard dinner list. It's old fashioned comfort food! The picture has cheese on top which I didn't add. I made it with ground turkey and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2016
Substituted onions for steam microwave broccoli. Beef broccoli and then corn mixture. Finished off with cheddar cheese once out of the oven. Found out the hard way. Not suitable for my 2yr old. Must be prepared for food messes in and on everything: floor hair clothes... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2017
I make this the easy way my mother always made it. Place the hamburger meat topped with a sliced onion in a casserole dish. Bake til the hamburger is cooked. In the meantime cook and mash the potatoes. When the meat is done break it up. Top it with a can of corn and the mashed potatoes. Sometimes I put cheese on top. Put it in the oven for twenty more minutes and serve. Serve with ketchup. Never any leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2014
Added garlic salt:) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2014
Should let ground beed simmer about an hour ya don't want tough gr. beef. Try it you'll like it. Read More