French Canadian Tourtiere Recipe

French Toutiere Recipe. Gary Stevens/Flickr
  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 - 8 Servings
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A delicious Tourtiere is a must for a cold day, a great comfort food. There are many variations, this is just one but adjust to your taste. 

This tourtiere recipe originated in Quebec and is frequently enjoyed in the winter months, particularly during the holidays. There are no absolute rules for making the pie and some variations can include root vegetables, veal, or seafood in the filling. This traditional meat pie is the one dish to make if you're looking for something easy, authentic, and delicious.

The pastry itself is even up to individual interpretation; classic pastry dough is the most widely-known version, but some cooks swear by a seasoned mashed potato topping. Any way you make it, this French Canadian meat pie is a delicious way to warm up on a cold evening.

What You'll Need

  • 450 g./14 1/2 oz. pastry dough (Pate Brisee or store-bought, for a double crust)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (light, or canola oil)
  • 1/2 pound pork (ground)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 2/3 cup stock (beef)
  • 2 teaspoons cognac
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (dried)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (dried)
  • 1/16 teaspoon cloves (ground)
  • 1/16 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/16 teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs (dry)​

How to Make It

How to make tourtiere:

Preheat an oven to 400F. Roll the pastry dough into 2 equal-sized circles to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Line the bottom of the pie pan with 1 circle and set aside the prepared pie pan and remaining pastry for later.

Using a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the pork, beef, onion, garlic, carrots, and celery until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through.

Drain any excess fat from the pan. Add the beef stock, Cognac, herbs, and spices to the meat and vegetables; simmer the mixture over low-medium heat, covered, for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir the dry breadcrumbs into the mixture. Allow the meat filling to sit for 3 minutes. Spoon the filling into the prepared pie pan and top with the remaining pastry dough. Crimp the dough shut, flute the edges, cut vents in the top, and bake the pie for 12 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 350F and continue baking the pie for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.

This tourtiere recipe makes 6 to 8 servings.