Tourtière (A Christmas Meat Pie)

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Tourtière is a popular meat-filled pie enjoyed at Christmas. A French-Canadian staple, this double-crusted savory pie has many family-style variations; our recipe is made with ground pork, warm spices, mashed potatoes, and a rich pastry crust that melts in your mouth. Try something different!

Note: Wild game can also be used to enhance the taste of this flavorful pie. One popular variation is 50% venison and 50% pork. (If you really want to go all out, grind your own pork butt!)

Pork pie tastes great with sides such as: cranberry sauce, cornichons, pickled beets, sharp cheese, crusty bread, light salad, and pea soup. 

Eat tourtière piping hot from the oven or cold from the refrigerator the next day.

2 pounds ground pork
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves (or more to taste)
1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes
Penny's Piecrust (see below for recipe)
1 tablespoon milk

In a pan over medium-low heat, combine pork, onions, salt, and 2 cups of water. Simmer gently, stirring often, until all liquid evaporates, about 4 hours.

Preheat oven 400ºF.

Stir in cinnamon and cloves. Add potatoes and beat well to combine thoroughly.

Line a pie tin with 1 crust. Spoon in pork/potato mixture. Add top crust and flute edges. Brush top with milk and prick with a fork. Bake for 30 minutes.

Penny's Piecrust

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1-3/4 cups shortening
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 cup ice water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut shortening in, until pieces are about the size of a pea. Add egg, vinegar, and ice water. Work into a cohesive dough ball.

Divide in half. Cut one dough mass in half. On a work surface dusted with flour, roll out 2 crusts. (If you’re making only one pie, freeze the second dough mass.)

Yield: 4 piecrusts

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Jane Doerfer

A former food columnist for Horticulture magazine and food editor for New England Living magazine, Doerfer taught cooking for more than twenty years. Read More from Jane Doerfer

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