Today, we’re going back into the discussion of food. Why not? Everyone loves to eat and some would even say they live to eat. If you’re still wondering why Canada is worth visiting, we’re taking the route that hits you right in the belly. If these lovely items don’t whet your appetite, I’m not sure you’re still alive.
With that said, let’s begin!
Arguably, one of the best known items that hail from Canadian cuisine. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has ever had this dish to not salivate at the mere mention of it. Poutine, for the unfortunate one’s who have never had it, is the miracle combination of french fries, cheese curd, and brown gravy.
If that’s not enough for you, feel free to add a sprinkling of meat like bacon on top. Anything goes!
2.) Montreal-Style Bagels
Notably smaller than its New York sibling, the Montreal-style bagel makes up for it by being sweeter and denser. Montreal-style bagels are always baked in a wood-fired oven. There are two popular variants: Black-Seed (poppy) or White-Seed (sesame).
Another claim to fame is that this is the only style of bagel known to have ventured into space. Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff took three bags of sesame bagels with him.
3.) Nanaimo Bar
A dessert item of Canadian origin that gained a massive following in the North American market, it continues to seduce new worshipers each day. One of the more easy to make “no bake” desserts it is comprised of three layers. The base being a wafer crums, the middle layer a custard flavored butter icing, the top layer being melted chocolate.
Several varieties of this dessert exist today with different crumb bases and icing flavors. The more popular ones are mint, peanut butter, coconut, mocha, and matcha.
One of the more heftier items on this list, tortière is a deep dish meat pie that originates from Quebec. The primary ingredients of the pie are finely diced pork, beef, or veal. Often, wild game is also used to introduce new flavors to the traditional pie. Of course the meat isn’t solely comprised of meat–locals also add potatoes or even greens to the pie.
The great thing about this pie is that there is no one correct filling. Much like Cacciatore of Italy, the filling is what is locally available. For example, in the more coastal areas of Canada, tortière is made with salmon and other seafood.
5.) Saskatoon Berry Pie
A sweet treat for anyone! Saskatoons are the adorably purplish-blue berries. They look quite similar to blueberries with a few variations in size and shade. In the form of a traditional pie, the Saskatoon Berry Pie is often served warm or chilled–either one always perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This pie has been a staple of Western Canada for over a hundred years. Aren’t we lucky they decided to share it with us?