I’ve mentioned quite a few times how lucky I got when Mothers-in-law’s were being passed around. Our Jeanne was a jem for many reasons and is sadly missed still. She had a way of making everyone feel welcome and warm from the moment they entered her home and always had something fantastic to serve.
One of my favourites was her tourtierre and my sister-in-law was kind enough to share the recipe with me. Tourtierre is a fabulous meat pie that is usually served for Christmas Eve in a French Canadian household. Each family will have their ‘special’ version, here’s ours.
Salt & pepper to taste, savory, thyme and cloves – about 1 Tbs each.
2 lbs. each of ground pork and ground veal (this is actually the only time ever that I use veal), 1 chopped onion and 1 minced garlic clove.
Mix and let sit overnight so that all of the flavours meld together.
Start to cook over a medium heat.
Start to add water as it cooks. Adding a bit of water, letting the meat absorb and then adding a bit more. You’ll use 1 1/2 cups in the end.
It’ll turn a rather unappetizing greyish colour. Spoon into a nine inch pie plate, lined with pastry.
Add the top and crimp the edges.
Poke holes in the top to let the steam escape.
Bake in a moderate oven until the pastry is a lovely, browned colour.
These freeze really well but we don’t tend to have them hang around long enough to do so.
Mmmm I love tourtiere. Planning to make a few of my own this weekend to freeze. I usually add nutmeg, cloves and garlic. Never thought of using savory and thyme, sounds delicious.
Neat! I think I'd have a revolt in the house if I deviated from this recipe 🙂
Michelle Barbeau Photography said:
what's that stamp on your hand, have you been going out clubbing without me? 🙂
I have drooled over recipes like this for years. I really need to move it to the top of my "to make" list!!
Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said:
Oh boy that looks delish, easy too. The crust looks so flaky too. Have a great day.
It's my usual never fail pastry. So quick and I freeze it fir when I need pie. And need it now.This whole recipe is so comforting and so easy. Hope everyone loves it asuch as we do.
Catherine @ The Spring said:
So glad to have stumbled across your blog! As a Canadian, living in Australia, with my completely vegetarian family of in-laws, tourtierre is not something anyone else here gets… but this gave me a little moment of home-spun joy from a very far away place!- Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)http://www.thespringblog.comp.s. I feel the same way about my Mother-in-law: lucky, lucky lucky!
Catherine, your sweet comment totally made my day! Can't wait to explore your blog. Watch in the next two weeks for a few more French Canadian recipes. Hope that they will help you be less homesick 🙂