French-Canadian Tourtière

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Based on a recipe from the November/December 2009 issue of AAA’s magazine, Northern New England Journey. The intro says, “…a traditional French-Canadian meat pie...” with the “… fragrance of cloves and holiday spices….” In addition, it goes on, “The name’s origin is disputed. The French might have named the dish for fowl called tourtes, now hunted to extinction, or after a baking dish called a tourtière. Some iterations combine different meats, some include potatoes or mushrooms; there are even vegetarian recipes. All versions call for a savory spiced filling in a double crust served warm, at room temperature, or cold.” I haven’t tried this yet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Add ground meats to large saucepan and mix.
  3. Add the next eight ingredients to pan and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Skim off excess fat.
  4. Using half the pastry, line a pie pan, then press the filling into the shell.
  5. Top filling with second half of pie pastry and crimp the edged together.
  6. Cut slits in the top of the crust and brush the top with milk.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until nicely browned. Tip: if the crust browns too quickly, reduce heat to 350°F or cover the crust edges with foil.
  8. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

Maybe a 4 . *I* think it needs a binder of some sort like some gravy maybe? It was so dry & loose & crumbly. I figured the simmer time was to cook off the liquid so the crust wouldn't get soggy which is what happened. It tasted great, though. My mistake was i had bulk sausage not plain ground pork so the correct seasonings didn't come through. I should make 2 next time. heh heh. Made for Aussie Swap 11/12.

Elmotoo November 30, 2012