f you're not familiar with paleo pork cretons, it's a French-Canadian spread that's typically made with pork and spices. While some may not consider this a healthy choice, it easily fits into a paleo diet plan and is packed with delicious flavor!
Cretons are a Québec specialty and a pork spread with onions and spices, similar to pâté. The traditional recipe calls for breadcrumbs, but here we used almond flour instead for an equally pleasing result. Cretons are traditionally eaten alongside a bacon and eggs breakfast but can be eaten any time of day if you prefer.
Since it's made with meat, you'll want to keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It should last for up to 5 days, but I find it's best eaten within 2 to 3 days. If you have leftovers that you won't be able to eat in time, you can freeze them for up to three months.
What Do You Serve Pork Cretons With?
So, what can you serve with pork cretons that's paleo-friendly? Here are some of my top picks:
- Plantain chips - If you're looking for a crunchy, salty side dish, plantain chips are a great option. You can either buy them pre-made or make your own by slicing a green plantain thinly and frying it in coconut oil until crispy.
- Vegetable sticks - For a healthier option, try serving this paleo pork cretons recipe with some fresh vegetable sticks like carrot, cucumber, or bell pepper. You can even make a dip by blending avocado, lime juice, and garlic for a creamy and tangy accompaniment.
- Paleo bread - If you're missing bread, many paleo-friendly bread options would go great with pork cretons. Look for bread made with almond flour or coconut flour for a low-carb and gluten-free alternative.
Serves: 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- 1 ¼ lb ground pork
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup almond flour
Note: you can use any paleo breadcrumb you prefer to replace the almond flour.
How to Make Pork Cretons
In a large stockpot or deep skillet, cook the ground pork over medium heat. Stir this regularly for 3 to 5 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
Add the garlic and onion to the pork, and cook for another 1 minute.
Then, add the salt, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir to combine, and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Add the water and almond flour to the pork and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring and breaking up the meat as it cooks.
Now, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 1 ¼ hours, stirring occasionally until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
Uncover the mixture, and continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes, frequently stirring, until all liquid has evaporated.
Let it cool completely, then transfer to a bowl and cover Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.
More Tasty Ground Pork Recipes
Need more ideas for using up the ground pork in your refrigerator? Check out some of our favorite recipes below! Pork is a wonderful addition to any menu, and is ideal for those looking for sweeter meat on a paleo diet. Bookmark your favorites, print out the recipes, or pin them to Pinterest to make soon!
- Cabbage Rolls
- Meat Ragout Recipe
- Swedish Style Meatballs Recipe
- Fresh Herb Meatballs
- Bacon and Marinara Meatloaf
- Ground Pork And Eggplant Stir-Fry Recipe
So, there you have it! I hope you give this paleo pork cretons recipe a try and let me know what you think. Don't forget to serve it with some delicious paleo-friendly sides, and be sure to store any leftovers properly.
Paleo Pork Cretons
- Heat a large stockpot or deep skillet over medium heat. Add the ground pork and stir it regularly for 3 to 5 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks.1 ¼ lb ground pork
- Once the pork is browned, add in the garlic and onion, and cook for another minute. Then, mix in the salt, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir the spices to combine and cook for another minute.¾ cup chopped onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ¾ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Pour in the water and almond flour and cook for 3 more minutes while continuously stirring and breaking up the meat.¾ cup water, ¼ cup almond flour
- Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Let it cook for 1 ¼ hours while stirring occasionally until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
- Remove the cover and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes while stirring frequently, until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Once done, allow the pork cretons mixture to cool completely. Then transfer it to a bowl and cover it. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until ready to serve.
- The fattier the ground pork used the better for this recipe.
- This can be frozen for up to 3 months after it is prepared if desired.
- For more flavor, add broth instead of water.