Canada is far away from some places on the planet and people in those far away places may wonder what Canadians like to eat. This is especially good to know if you are making plans to visit Canada and wonder what you might find wriggling on the end of your fork. Not that we eat a lot of things that wriggle.
Canada is not snow all year. We don’t camp out in the wilderness and worry about polar bears wandering into our backyards. Canada is big. There are a lot of people here, some of them are still here and some are being born right now. We are multi cultural. Some people think Canada does not have a culture at all. This is not the case. Canada is built from many cultures, yet we have a common history which connects us.
One common theme in Canada is food. Take a look at Canada’s Food Guide. We may overload on sugar (mmm…. butter tarts) but we do like fresh food, vegetables and a great coffee (or beer) to top it all off. Most Canadians like food which is fairly well known: hamburgers and fries, fish and chips, spaghetti, steak and potato, pizza, back and eggs, lasagna, cabbage rolls, sweet and savoury pies, coffee, stew… a fairly generic list isn’t it? You may think we are fairly uninspired but, Canadians do have an edible culture of our own:
What do Canadians Eat?
- Poutine – French fries with cheese curd and topped with gravy.
- French fries with vinegar
- Maple syrup (Not on everything)
- Butter tarts – Tarts which are very sweet: butter, sugar and eggs in a pastry shell.
- Nanaimo Bars – From BC. A crumble crust, a sweet layer, topped with a layer of chocolate.
- Tourtiere – A French Canadian meat pie (pork, onions and spices in a crust).
- Pate Chinois – Layers of beef, creamed corn and potato.
- Bannock – Inuit flat bread.
- Salmon – Salmon does go well with almost anything.
- Montreal-style bagels
- Montreal-smoked meat
- Ice wine – Made with grapes frozen on the vine.
- Bloody Caesar – You need Clamato for this Canadian version of the Bloody Mary.
- Screech – What happens in Newfoundland, stays in Newfoundland.
- BeaverTails – Fried dough with assorted sweet toppings.
- Ketchup chips
- Timbits – Doughnut holes.
- Back bacon or peameal bacon (In the US they call it Canadian bacon, we don’t know why)
What Do Canadians Cook?
Canadians are multicultural. So you can find an endless assortment of dishes in Canadian restaurants and home kitchens. Most of the dishes above came from another culture and were adapted to become something unique to Canada.