This classic is usually made with ground pork, often with the addition of potatoes for thickening. Mushrooms are unconventional, but tourtière fans will be happy with the extra flavour.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005
- 1 1/2 cup cubed peeled potato
- 2 lbs lean ground pork
- 2 cups mushrooms
- 3/4 cups finely chopped celery
- 3/4 cups chicken stock
- 2 onions , finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each pepper, dried savory and thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves amd cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- Really Flaky Pastry (see recipe under method)
- 1 egg yolk
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potato until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and mash; set aside.
Meanwhile, in deep skillet, sauté pork over medium-high heat, mashing with fork, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Drain off fat.
Add mushrooms, celery, stock, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, savory, thyme, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until almost no liquid remains, about 25 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Mix in potatoes. Let cool.
On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 of the pastry discs to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Spoon in filling. Roll out remaining pastry. Brush pie rim with water; cover with top pastry and press edge to seal. Trim and flute.
Roll out scraps; cut out holiday shapes. (Make-ahead: Wrap tourtiere and shapes separately; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator. Add 20 to 30 minutes to baking time, covering with foil after 45 minutes; remove foil for last 10 minutes.)
Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp (10 mL) water; brush three-quarters over top. Arrange cutouts on top; brush with remaining egg wash. Cut steam vents in top.
Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until hot and golden brown, about 50 minutes.
Get the recipe: Really Flaky Pastry
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 831 mg
- Protein 28 g
- Calories 649.0
- Total fat 39 g
- Cholesterol 171 mg
- Saturated fat 18 g
- Total carbohydrate 45 g
- Iron 29.0
- Fibre 0.0
- Folate 36.0
- Sodium 0.0
- Sugars 0.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Protein 0.0
- Calories 0.0
- Total fat 0.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 8.0
- Potassium 0.0
- Cholesterol 0.0
- Saturated fat 0.0
- Total carbohydrate 0.0