When you think of world famous cuisine, you often don’ think straight of Canada. Remember though, that Canada has a strong French heritage and culture, and France is probably the culinary heart of the world. This culture has affected Canada and influenced some of their most famous dishes or food products.
When you think of food Europe is probably the first continent that jumps to mind, and so many great dishes have sprung out including delicacies like French Patisserie, pasta and paella. A lot of great food starts with the letter P! Numerous surveys have been carried out in Canada asking people to state the food products most associated to the country, and here are the top 5:
Maple Syrup – It is made from the sugar sap of maple trees, and forms a great sweet sauce for desserts such as waffles and pancakes. It is essentially created through the process of trees storing starch in the winter, which gets converted into sap during the spring. Once processed and heated, concentrated syrup is left over.
Given Canada’s cultural significance to the maple tree (and leaf!) we can see why the syrup has become such as hit. With a plentiful supply of both red and black maple trees throughout Canada, there is no shortage on sap.
Poutine – Finishing second in the poll (arguably first as this was the highest positioned dish), Poutine is a unique blend of French fries, gravy and cheese. It resembles a number of similar American dishes but the origins of Poutine derive from 1950s Quebec, but now can be found all over Canada.
This dish is of fast food origin, and literally translated to ‘an unappetizing mix of leftovers’. This doesn’t inspire anyone with confidence, but it is a tried and tested dish that is cheap to make and satisfying.
Butter Tarts – These tarts are highly regarded in Canada and are staple desserts across the country. The texture of the pastry and consistency of the filling can vary a lot, but the basic principle remains the same. Sometimes named sugar pies, these little tarts contain a simply sweet flan like centre with a creaminess created by the addition of corn starch. The earliest publication of the recipe dates back to 1900 in the Royal Victoria Hospital Cookbook.
Pierogi – These are small dumplings of unleavened dough that are baked and stuffed. It is common for them to be served with onions and butter, and filled with potato or minced meat. They can even be filled with fruit for a sweet version of the dish. Usually shaped in semi-circles, these little treats were traditionally festival and celebration food and the origins may even trace back to Turkish routes, even though Canada has claimed the recipe as their own.
Salmon Jerky – We know of beef jerky, but in Canada the salmon variety is extremely popular! Not only does it keep for a long period of time, but the taste and texture is something that Canadian people have taken too and you can even get salmon jerky gift sets for the ‘jerk’ in your life. The fish is usually supplemented with soya sauce, sugar and garlic to give a teriyaki and Asian taste to it. I like jerky and I like salmon, so I’d be keen on trying this!
Steve loves world food, and orders food delivery from Just-Eat whenever he craves a good take out.