Reader recipe French Canadian Tourtiere
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French Canadian Tourtiere

This has been a staple at our Christmas Eve supper for many years. A cherished and passed down recipe.

By maguired55

Source: maguired55

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 30 - 40 minutes
  • Portion size 6


  • 2 lb 2lbground pork
  • 2 2medium potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 2 2medium oniononions, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspsalt
  • 1 tsp 1tspsavory
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspground cloves
  • 1 1minced garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsage
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupwater
  • 2 cups 2cupsdry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1beaten eggeggs, plus 1 tbsp. water
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Pastry: Prepare pastry dough for 2 - 9" double crust pies, seasoned with 1/4 tsp tumeric and 1/4 tsp savory. Roll out 1/2 pastry and fit into 9 x 13" rectangular baking dish OR 2 8" pie plates. Chill. Filling: Place all filling ingredients except bread crumbs and egg in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir to blend. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in enough bread crumbs to absorb all excess moisture. Cool mixture and place in pie shell. Roll out remaining pastry and place on top of meat. Seal upper and lower crust and crimp edges. For added luster, brush pastry with water and egg mixture. Slit the crust well to allow steam to escape. Bake at 400 degrees F, 30 - 40 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with gravy.

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