Tourtiere Du Quebec (French-Canadian Meat Pie)

"I grew in Quebec and always looked forward to Christmas to be able to eat meat pies. When I married & moved to the US, I took the recipe with me, no way I can spend Christmas without the smell of cooking meat pies. Luckily for me, hubby & kids are hooked. I've been making this recipe for years, delicious."
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins
1 pie




  • Place all the ingredients (except for pie shell) in a sauce pan and bring to boil and cook uncovered for 20 minutes over medium heat.
  • Cool the meat mixture and pour in pastry lined pan. Note: I like to cool mine in refrigerator over night if time permits.
  • Cover with the top crust, cut steam vents and bake in a 400F oven until golden, about 45 minutes.
  • Freeze well.
  • Note: If ground pork and ground veal cannot be found, you can use meatloaf mix which is all 3 meat but I'm not sure of the ratio.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Julie R.
    Can I use moose meat with pork for toutiere and what pie crust receipie do I us
  2. georgieyoung
    How do I print this recipe?
  3. nan52
    The tourtière meat in Quebec is a different grind . it is much coarser than ground beef found locally here in Ontario. Does this make a difference?
  4. Julie R.
    Can I use moose meat ??
  5. Garnet C.
    What salad would you suggest to complete the meal?


  1. Gary M.
    Thank you for this delicious recipe. The tortiere turned out fantastic and was loved by the family.
  2. Frank S.
    I am 10 th Generation French Canadian starting in 1655. My Memain, Grandma, and her 18 children celebrated New Years not Christmas. She spent the month prior to new years making meat pies, fruit pies and assembling the ingredients for Putzin (phonetically) dumplin's in a soup. Dumplins of pork, veal, beef. lost the list of ingredients. the above meat pie is a close make of her's. none are ever the exact same. i like mine hemogenous and not lumpy inside--more liquids in the making --and not dry to the taste.
  3. biggski56
    Made this Christmas last Dec.The Ladies have requested it for tonights Highlander Party.Excellent dish ,easy
  4. stephgrou
    My Dad is French-Canadian. Over the years we lost the recipe, I found this one. We made it and he told me it was just like his Mom MeMere would make. Definitely hit home with this one. I'm remaking it again for my family!! Thank You!!
  5. Sheila B.
    This is the exact same recipe as my French Canadian mother in law. Everyone loves it......even those who had previously stated that they hated tourtiere. LOL Thank you so much for sharing it as she passed away this year and now it is my turn to make it for Christmas and I couldn't find my recipe.


  1. suzannji2
    Mashed potato and panko topping instead of pie crust.



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