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Our Local Meats: Quebec Pork, Veal, Poultry and Beef

 

At Metro, we’re proud to support local producers and breeders and we offer a wide variety of Quebec meats. Join us as we take a short tour of the meat department to help you (re)discover quality products you’ll love. As a bonus, we’ll share some recipes so that you can enjoy more local flavours in your dishes.

 

Pig out!

Pork is versatile, low in fat, nutritious, and delicious—it doesn’t get any better than that! No wonder it’s one of the most popular meats in the world. In fact, Quebec pork is enjoyed in more than 125 countries! Buying local pork means supporting one of our province’s 3,000 breeders and promoting practices that meet the highest standards of animal welfare and respect for the environment.

Pork goes well with everything, but especially with fruit flavours. While pork and apple is a classic pairing, pear enhances dishes with an even more delicate flavour.

Pork comes in dozens of cuts: back rib, cutlet, sirloin, sirloin slice, sirloin steak, shank . . . Roast and tenderloin are popular choices for families, as they yield generous portions for a reasonable price. They can be cooked whole or cut into slices, thin strips, or cubes.

With Quebec pork,
you’ll discover a world of possibilities!

All about pork

Spanish Style Pork Strips and Peppers

recipe

Spanish Style Pork Strips and Peppers

time needed  30 min

See recipe

Pork Fillets with Pear and Goat's Cheese Stuffing

recipe

Pork Fillets with Pear and Goat's Cheese Stuffing

time needed  27 min

See recipe

Tangy Maple-glazed Grilled Pork Chops

recipe

Tangy Maple-glazed Grilled Pork Chops

time needed  20 min

See recipe

 

Chicken and turkey get you bang for your buck!

Chicken and turkey are tasty and easy to cook, and they can be prepared any number of ways, making them a favourite with young and old alike. The meat of these birds is lean, delicious, and loaded with nutrients.

Sourcing locally and responsibly is important to us. That’s why Metro offers products such as Irresistibles Naturalia and Irresistibles Organics free-range chickens, raised according to the highest industry standards. Look for vacuum packaging that bears a quality seal, indicating that the poultry comes from the Voltigeurs farm in Drummondville.

The options are endless with a good chicken: thigh roast, cutlets, drumsticks, breasts, or whole! Whole turkey happens to offer exceptional value for money. Keep leftovers in single servings in the freezer: cooked turkey can be turned into a convenient lunch or quick meal.

With poultry, there’s zero waste! You can even use the chicken or turkey carcass to make broth. Just add celery, carrots, onions, bay leaf, and dried thyme, and you’ll have an excellent base for soup.

Try something new with this classic meat—the
results may surprise you!

All about chicken

Chicken Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

recipe

Chicken Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

time needed  30 min

See recipe

Cheese and Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

recipe

Cheese and Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

time needed  1 h

See recipe

Garlic Chicken

recipe

Garlic Chicken

time needed  1 h 45 min

See recipe

 

Versatile veal

Tender, delicate, and versatile, veal is becoming a popular menu item. This lean and mineral-rich meat is ready in no time at all, and it’s equally delicious when served as cutlets, chops, or osso buco.

Did you know that Quebec is the largest veal producer in the country? Milk-fed veal and grain-fed veal are excellent sources of vitamin B12, magnesium, zinc, and iron, and certainly deserve a place on our plates. Quebec milk-fed calves are fed exclusively on milk until they reach maturity, without any addition of growth hormones. This healthy diet gives the meat an appealing white flesh and remarkable tenderness.

Veal is also incredibly versatile! This juicy and delicious meat is appreciated by connoisseurs, but kids also enjoy its delicate flavour.

If you’ve cooked your roast in the oven, transfer the bones to a saucepan, then add vegetables, herbs, and water. Simmer the liquid for a few hours, then strain it. That’s all it takes to make homemade veal stock! For a rich, smooth sauce, add cream and a little wine. Your Metro butcher has tons of tips like these.

Try them out!

All about veal

Grilled Veal Chops with Basil

recipe

Grilled Veal Chops with Basil

time needed  16 min

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Honey and rosemary braised veal roast

recipe

Honey and rosemary braised veal roast

time needed  2 h 5 min

See recipe

Italian Veal Rolls

recipe

Italian Veal Rolls

time needed  40 min

See recipe

 

The beef effect

In burger or steak form, tender, juicy beef is the king of the grill. It also lends itself to a variety of preparations to please any palate. Many cuts of beef come from Canada, including Angus AAA beef, which is 100 percent Canadian!

As every cut has unique qualities, we have lots of cooking tips to help you make the most of your selection. Do you like your steak well done? Go for a rib steak! Because of its generous marbling, it will keep all its flavour no matter how well cooked. If you prefer tenderness over strong flavour, you’ll love filet mignon. If, on the other hand, you don’t want to compromise on taste, tenderness, or the way you cook your meat, opt for a sirloin steak. You won’t be disappointed!

Of course, it’s not all about the grill—ground beef is a staple in Quebec homes. Whether it’s used to make classics like spaghetti sauce or chili to freeze for quick meals, or for trying new flavours with Mexican-style tacos, ground meat is a family favourite. There’s also beef roast, which cooks very well in the oven, and beef cubes, which are ideal for the slow cooker.

There’s sure to be a cut of beef you’ll enjoy!

All about beef

Beef Brochettes with Lime

recipe

Beef Brochettes with Lime

time needed  2 h 45 min

See recipe

Beef Chili

recipe

Beef Chili

time needed  45 min

See recipe

Flap Steak, Orange-Teriyaki Marinade

recipe

Flap Steak, Orange-Teriyaki Marinade

time needed  50 min

See recipe

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