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Thursday, 12 January 2017

French Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pie Recipe

tourtiere recipe

tourtiere recipe

One of my all-time favourite winter traditions is making a tourtiere for dinner.

We usually make one for Christmas Eve and it’s a traditional French Canadian meat pie with mashed potatoes, onions and spices. It’s SO good that I thought that it was worth making again after the holidays as a winter comfort food idea. You could even re-create my holiday brunch if you’d like!



french canadian meat pie tourtiere recipe

I like serving my tourtiere with boiled peas, seasoned with butter and pepper along with a crisp green salad and maybe some roasted carrots. It keeps incredibly well and makes a great lunch the next day. I serve a little Heinz Chili Sauce on the side, but if you can find a homemade chili sauce from Quebec – even better! Tourtiere pairs well with this cocktail recipe!

To save time: I microwave the potatoes instead of baking them – but if you’re really organized, bake them an hour ahead of time. Don’t forget to take your pie crust out the night before to thaw in the fridge. I use frozen pre-made crusts to save time, but you could easily make your own from scratch.

I’ve tried a few tourtiere recipes online and modified and played around with a bunch of them – this my version and the one we like the best – enjoy!



French Canadian Tourtiere

serves 6



  • 1 lb ground beef (grass-fed, organic if possible)
  • 1 lb ground pork (organic if possible)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium Russet potatoes, baked and mashed
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeng
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Dash of Allspice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 frozen ready-to-roll double pie crusts (2 crusts)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water



  1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix pork and beef together in a large bowl. Add to onions and cook for 10 more minutes, breaking apart with a wooden spoon.
  3. Season with salt + pepper, add spices, mashed potatoes and broth. Mix well.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally. Remove bay leaf and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat your over to 375F
  6. Line a 9″ pie plate with your first pie crust. Then spoon in your tourtiere meat mixture.
  7. Place the second pie crust on top, seal the edges and cut a few steam vents into the top of your tourtiere.
  8. Brush top of the tourtiere with your egg wash.
  9. Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 45 minutes until your crust looks golden.


meat pie recipe

Enjoy your homemade tourtiere!




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