10 Delicious Dishes That Originated In Canada

10 Delicious Dishes That Originated In Canada

With its rich tapestry of cultures and a wide mix of different ethnicities, Canada is a vast and varied country that celebrates its diversity. While the country is internationally renowned for its vibrant landscapes and cultural heritage, its fantastic cooking scene is often overlooked. That’s why today, we’re going to take the time to explore 10 delicious dishes that hail from this amazing country.

1. Poutine

A divine trinity of cheese curds, thick-cut fries, and rich brown gravy, Canada is best known for its iconic dish, poutine. A comfort food favourite to many, this popular dish first originated in Quebec in the 1950s. Though there have been many variations made, the classic recipe remains the most beloved. This hearty dish delivers a mouthful of rich indulgence with every bite, proving that the simplest of ingredients can make the most memorable of meals.

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2. Tourtiere

This traditional French-Canadian meat pie, often served around Christmas and New Year’s, is a holiday staple. Although the filling can vary by region, it typically features a savoury pork, beef, or game mix. With an incredibly flaky crust enveloping the heartwarming filling, Tourtiere is a testament to the warmth of Canadian hospitality.

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3. Butter Tarts

Sweet, gooey, and undeniably addictive, did you know Butter Tarts originated in Canada? As an answer to the American Pecan Pie, this delicious sweet treat has a filling made of butter, sugar, and eggs, and is nestled in a crisp and flaky pastry shell. Whether you prefer it runny or firm, with raisins or pecans, these tarts are undoubtedly delightful.

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4. Nanaimo Bars

Named after the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia, these no-bake bars are every sweet tooth’s dream come true. Comprising a wafer-crumb base, custard-flavoured butter icing, and a layer of melted chocolate, this Nanaimo classic makes for a creamy-crunchy treat that is irresistible. 

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5. Beaver Tails

Don’t let the name mislead you! Beaver Tails are actually delicious pastries just stretched out to resemble a beaver’s tail. Fried to perfection, they are typically topped with goodies like classic cinnamon sugar and lemon to rich and indulgent Nutella and bananas. These sweet treats will surely satisfy any craving.

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6. Ketchup Chips

Although not exactly a “dish”, we couldn’t leave this iconic snack out of this list. Ketchup chips are a salty snack originating from Canada and are beloved nationwide. With its tangy, sweet, and slightly vinegary ketchup seasoning, each bite creates an unexpected party in your mouth. Although the chips’ bright red colour might catch you off guard, you’ll be hooked after one bite.

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7. Peameal Bacon

Originating from Toronto, Peameal Bacon is made from lean boneless pork loin, trimmed fine, wet cured, and then rolled in cornmeal. Whether it's grilled or pan-fried, it's an essential ingredient in a Toronto-style “peameal bacon sandwich.” As a uniquely Canadian-style bacon, you have to try it!

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8. Bannock

Rooted in Indigenous traditions, Bannock is a simple flatbread that was once favoured by fur traders thanks to its easy portability and long shelf life. Baked or fried, it’s often served next to stews or soups, or can even be sweetened as a simple dessert. As a humble nod to Canada’s rich cultural heritage, this is a must-try.

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9. Jiggs’ Dinner

Coming straight from Newfoundland and Labrador, Jiggs’ Dinner (also known as “boiled” or “Sunday” dinner) is a one-pot wonder. Combining salted beef, cabbage, turnips, carrots, potatoes, and pease pudding, this dish is truly comforting. Named after a character in an American comic strip who loved corned beef and cabbage, this dish is perfect for soothing the soul.

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10. Saskatoon Berry Pie

Rounding off our list is this delicious dessert, Saskatoon Berry Pie. Made from Saskatoon berries that grow abundantly in the Prairie Provinces, this pie offers a unique but tasty blend of sweet and nutty flavours. You’ll definitely find yourself asking for a second slice!

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From coast to coast, Canada is filled with wondrous dishes that beautifully tell its history. Next time you happen to be in the neighbourhood, remember to give these fantastic dishes a try - you won’t regret it!