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Traditional Meat Pie – TOURTIÈRE

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large frying pan, sauté meats on high heat until well browned. Add onion, celery and garlic: sauté until soft.
  2. Add red wine to deglaze the pan and reduce until virtually no liquid remains.
  3. Add spices, fresh thyme, bay leaf and stock and, simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in rolled oats and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Remove thyme and bay leaf and add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Prepare pie dough. Prepare egg wash by whisking egg together with two teaspoons of water. Roll out pie dough and place into a 10-inch pie plate. Brush lightly with egg wash.
  6. Fill with meat mixture and cover with pastry top. Brush top crust with egg wash. Crimp edges and cut air vents to allow steam to escape.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
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Subtle seasoning enhances the flavours of this traditional, savoury meat pie.

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    90 Minutes MIN
  • 6 SERVINGS
Traditional Meat Pie

Don’t wait for a special occasion, this TRADITIONAL MEAT PIE is delicious any day!

This recipe for a TRADITIONAL MEAT PIE, is called TOURTIÈRE. I first tried it while on a grade nice field trip to Quebec City. I’ll never forget my very first bite, I instantly knew that I was eating something very special. This is my go-to recipe whenever I crave it.

This savoury meat pie is often served on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but TOURTIÈRE can also be served whenever the mood strikes. I especially like to prepare it for a late autumn or midwinter dinner. It is comfort food at its best. This recipe is a family favourite from Chef Robert Bourassa who ran the kitchens at the famous, but alas now closed, Café Henry Burger in Hull, Quebec.

Here are some tips about this TRADITIONAL MEAT PIE recipe to assist with preparation:

Ingredients for traditional meat pie

MEATS

Some insist that an authentic TOURTIÈRE is made only using pork. I’ve made them many different ways but have come to appreciate Bourassa’s call for the inclusion of pork, beef, veal and venison. This blend of tender, juicy and gamey meats yields a pie rich in flavour.

By all means, if you can find veal or venison, simply substitute with equal quantities of the beef, pork or a combination of both.

The assorted meats sauteed with the chopped vegetables

CHOP

The recipe calls for chopped onion, celery and garlic but please chop them finely. The fine chop makes them almost disappear within the cooked meats, but the important flavours will be ever-present and create a well-blended filling.

Assorted spices, a bay leaf and fresh thyme flavour this savoury pie

SUBTLE

The goal is to taste the subtlety of the spices without a particular one standing out, so do not add more spice than the amounts given in the recipe. I think this also helps create a lovely fragrant aroma distinctive to this dish. When the filling is prepared, you’ll need to add salt and pepper to taste – be careful not to over-salt.

The crust crimped and brushed with egg wash.

CRUST

Please use our ALL BUTTER PIE DOUGH for your crust, but make two changes – blend one tablespoon of sugar into the flour and salt mixture, and use white wine vinegar instead of plain white vinegar. These two tiny tweaks add even more flavour.

Brush the interior of the pastry shell with an egg wash before adding the filling. This will create a protein shield and ensure that the pastry cooks but does not become soggy.

Traditional Meat Pie served with Rhubarb Relish

PERFECT PAIRING

We recently served this pie with a fabulous RHUBARB RELISH. We also tried it during testing with a number of side dishes, everything from ROASTED ASPARAGUS and these GINGER LIME SPICED CARROTS to our OVEN-ROASTED VEGETABLES and our very healthy BOK CHOY. Feel free to search for vegetables sides for more ideas.

The stuff of legends, this TRADITIONAL MEAT PIE, TOURTIÈRE is a savoury pie lover’s dream come true!

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Traditional Meat Pie – TOURTIÈRE

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 5 ounces ground beef
  • 5 ounces ground veal
  • 5 ounces ground venison
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon each of ground mace and nutmeg
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pie crusts prepared from the PIE DOUGH RECIPE
  • egg wash - one egg whisked with 2 teaspoons of water

Directions

  1. In a large frying pan, sauté meats on high heat until well browned. Add onion, celery and garlic: sauté until soft.
  2. Add red wine to deglaze the pan and reduce until virtually no liquid remains.
  3. Add spices, fresh thyme, bay leaf and stock and, simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in rolled oats and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Remove thyme and bay leaf and add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Prepare pie dough. Prepare egg wash by whisking egg together with two teaspoons of water. Roll out pie dough and place into a 10-inch pie plate. Brush lightly with egg wash.
  6. Fill with meat mixture and cover with pastry top. Brush top crust with egg wash. Crimp edges and cut air vents to allow steam to escape.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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