The Best Tourtière ( French-Canadian Meat Pie)

[ 8 ] December 20, 2013 |


Tourtière– Québec pork pie. This is a tradition fondly practiced throughout Québec during the Holidays!

Essentially, tourtière is a meat pie; lightly spiced ground pork layered between flaky pastry.

It’s comfort food, loved by all. It can be enjoyed for brunch, lunch, or dinner – and makes a splendid midnight feast.

Tourtières (French-Canadian meat pie)

Meat Pie or Tourtière  is a traditional part of the Christmas and/or Christmas’ eve réveillon and New Year’s eve meal in Québec.

Tourtière is a traditional French-Canadian dish served by generations of French-Canadian families.

Tourtières (French-Canadian pork pie)

Delectable Christmas treasure is found in the ground cloves and all-spices . We’ve always made our tourtieres in large quantity, as they freeze great making them a terrific quick fix dinner.

Every family has its traditions. In my family we make some  Tourtières, few weeks  before Christmas.  As far back as I can remember, my mom always made some large Tourtières for the réveillon  and some  small ones so we could enjoy the delectable pie  before the Holidays!

Tourtières (Québec Pork Pie)

Christmas would not be the same without some tourtières on the table.



The Best Tourtière (French-Canadian Meat Pie)
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Serves: 2 9-inch meat pies
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 pounds lean ground pork
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 pie pastry (2-crust size)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. In a saucepan, combine the ground pork, water, ground clove, allspice, salt, pepper and onion. Cook over moderate heat for 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Remove from heat; add the mashed potatoes and mix well. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, line two 9-inch pie plates with pastry. When meat mixture is lukewarm, divide it between two pie shells and spread it out evenly.
  3. Brush around outer edge of pastry with the beaten egg. Place top crust on the tart and press gently around the edge to seal. Trim pastry, crimp edges and cut steam vents in top crust. Decorate as desired.
  4. Bake in a hot oven, 425 degrees F, for 40 minutes. Serve hot.




The Best Tourtière Recipe! French Canadian Meat Pie.

The Best Tourtière Recipe! French Canadian Meat Pie.

Marie Poulin
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  1. Cathy says:

    Marie – I grew up in Alberta and don’t have any French Canadian blood in me, but my mom frequently made Tourtiere. Haven’t had it in decades! Saving this for my winter cooking!

  2. Rita Pelland says:

    My mother and mother-in-law were some of the best Toutier Meat Pie makers in America. Share some other recipes on Toutiere Meat Pie if you wish.

  3. We had these French meat pies after midnight mass every year. My motherinlaw made. Miss her and her pies says:

    Your receipt was very much the same was not sure of mom spices. She was from st. Margerent Quebec

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