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French Canadian Tourtière Recipe (Meat Pies)

While this recipe for French Canadian Tourtière (a meat pie) is known as holiday food; I think you will agree with me that this is so delicious it should be served year round! Made with a flaky homemade crust and so many fragrant fillings that your mouth will water as soon as you smell this dish baking!

Savoury Tourtière Ingredients

It would not be the holidays in my home without French Canadian Tourtière recipe. This meat pie has pork, beef and veal to create a trifecta of flavour that is perfectly complemented with hearty spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. It is not only a tasty dish, but also a hearty one that feels decadent and cozy. A serving of this meat pie is just what any celebration needs!

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Homemade Pie Crust

I like to use my homemade pie crust recipe which is included below. It is easy to make, and is really fuss free. Be sure to use real butter and not to overwork your dough to keep it flaky and tender. If you are more comfortable with a premade pie crust, be sure to get two as you need a top crust.

Side Dishes To Serve With The Tourtière

This dish pairs well with roasted root vegetables like carrots or beets. A simple side salad or even something pickled makes a good complimentary side dish also. My family likes it with mashed potatoes and peas.

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How to make French Canadian meat pies

As I mentioned earlier this is traditional holiday food in my family, but we do not reserve it only for the Christmas season! It is also a great dish to serve any time there is an occasion to celebrate with a special meal!

Two other favourite French Canadian meals that I serve over the holidays are the French Canadian Ragoût de Boulettes (Meatball Stew) and the French Canadian “Ragoût de Pattes de Cochon” (Stewed Pig’s Feet)!

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp of cold butter (unsalted)
  • 4 to 6 tbsp. ice water
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)
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Tourtière Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/8 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of all spice
  • 1 tbs of vegetable oil or olive oil

Crust Pastry Instructions

  • Recipe makes 1 pie crust, so make twice.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix together.
  • Add butter into the flour mixture and work with a fork. Do not overwork.
  • Add water by sprinkling over the dough and stir as you sprinkle. Stir with a wooden spoon to make the dough come together. After, you can use your hands to help mold the dough (like playdough).
  • Flatten into a round disc.
  • Wrap them in plastic wrap or container, and refrigerate for about 1 hour. In the meantime, make the tourtière filling.
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Tourtière Filling

  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  2. Add ground meats, salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned and just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add onions, spices, and water, and cook for 5-10 minutes. Let cool completely.
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How To Assemble The French Canadian Tourtière

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Lightly flour work surface. Roll each pastry round into an 11-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Use one pastry round and apply at bottom of glass pie plate.
  4. Add tourtière filling to pastry shell. Cover with a second pastry round.
  5. Seal edges with tines of a fork or your fingers.
  6. Brush pastry with egg yolk (optional).
  7. Score the top of the tourtière with a paring knife as this will allow steam to escape while baking.
  8. Bake tourtière for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake until crust is golden brown for about another 20-30 minutes.
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French Canadian Tourtières (Meat Pies)

Lyne
The Tourtière is a French Canadian recipe that is traditionally cooked during the holidays, but it's so delicious that you will make it all year long.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Making Crust 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 505 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 metal, ceramic, or glass plate for baking the pie
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 1 small skillet over very low heat

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp butter cold (unsalted)
  • 4 to 6 tbsp. ice water
  • 1 egg yolk optional

Tourtière

  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Short Crust Pastry
  • Recipe makes 1 pie crust, so make twice.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix together.
  • Add butter into the flour mixture and work with a fork. Do not overwork.
  • Add water by sprinkling over the dough and stir as you sprinkle. Stir with a wooden spoon to make the dough come together. After, you can use your hands to help mold the dough (like playdough).
  • Flatten into a round disc.
  • Wrap them in plastic wrap or container, and refrigerate for about 1 hour. In the meantime, make the tourtière filling.
  • Lightly flour work surface. Roll each pastry round into an 11-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Use one pastry round to a line at bottom of glass pie plate.
  • Tourtière Filling
  • 1. Heat large skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  • 2. Add ground meats, salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned and just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 3. Add onions, spices, and water, and cook for 5-10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • Assembly
  • 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • 4. Add tourtière filling to pastry shell. Cover with a second pastry round.
  • 5. Seal edges with tines of a fork or fingers.
  • 6. Brush pastry with egg yolk (optional).
  • 7. Score the top of the tourtière with a paring knife as this will allow steam to escape while baking.
  • 8. Bake tourtière for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake until crust is golden brown for about another 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 505kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 28gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 858mgPotassium: 479mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Canadian tourtière, meat pies, tourtieres
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Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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Comments

  1. One thing I am no good at is pastry crust!!! My MIL used to say it was because my hands are too warm. She made the best pie crust and had the coldest hands around!!

    • This recipe is so easy and I am positive that you crust will turn out great. You do need to put it in the fridge, so no need for cold hands lol!

  2. You call them Pets-de-Soeur I grew up calling them brown sugar rolls. Either way they were always a favourite when I was growing up. I’ll have to make some over the holidays.

  3. Being Anglophone and having some knowledge of French (but little Francophone culture), doesn’t Pets de Soeurs mean something impolite? Yummy, but rude….I like it!

  4. The Pets-de-Soeur look great and they are a must try.I love the toutiere pie and have made a similar one before.Thank you for this great post.

  5. This looks delsih , i have never tried to make a meat pie , but i think i will when the weather cools , i love meat pie thanks for sharing your recipe !

  6. I love these meat pies. My inlaws make them for Christmas every year and my mouth waters in anticipation every time. As for the brown sugar role, my mother has made these for as long as I can remember and I just love them because they taste so good !

  7. I make one every year its a family recipe that I grew up with the meats can change depending on what everyone wants but it is an amazing meal.

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