Tourtiere is a classic Canadian pork pie, often served on Christmas Eve. Its savory crust, seasoned with thyme, also would be good with your favorite chicken or beef pie filling.
- For Filling:
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 large carrot, coarsely shredded (1 cup)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (1 3/4 cups)
- 3/4 cup beef broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- For Pastry:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup shortening or butter
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
FOR FILLING: In a large skillet cook pork, carrot, onion, and bacon till pork is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. In a medium saucepan combine potatoes, beef broth, and garlic. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, or till potatoes are tender. Do not drain. Mash potato mixture. Stir in pork mixture, sage, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
FOR PASTRY: Stir together flour, baking powder, thyme, and salt. Cut in shortening or butter till pieces are the size of small peas. Set aside. Stir together egg, cold water, and lemon juice. Sprinkle egg mixture over flour mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing gently with a fork. Divide mixture in half. Shape each half into a ball. Roll out pastry. Line a 9-inch pie plate with half of the pastry. Transfer filling to pastry-lined pie plate. Cut slits in top crust. Place crust on filling. Trim, seal and crimp edge of pastry. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes, or till golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
657 calories; 44g total fat; 95mg cholesterol; 434mg sodium; 44g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 21g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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