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
Really Flaky Pastry:
MethodIn bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until in coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces.
In liquid measure, beat egg with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 2/3 cup (150 mL). Drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until ragged dough forms.
Press into 2 discs. Wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Makes enough pastry for 1 double-crust 9-inch (23 cm) pie.
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 tourtière 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.
Nutritional facts Per serving: 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
- Folate 36.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 8.0