Written By Gary Hynes Recipes Dec 21, 2011 Tourtière with Flaky Pastry SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tourtière Nothing showcases a French-Canadian celebration like the traditional rich meat pie called tourtière. Recipes vary from region to region throughout the province, from traditional wild game fillings of venison and grouse, pork and beef inland to seafood such as salmon and shellfish in areas close to the Quebec Maritimes. Every family has its own “original” recipe, passed down through generations, some with potato, some with none. This is an adapted recipe from my dear friend Margarite Lamothe, who has been making her family recipe for decades. Makes one 9-inch pie of 8 servings. 1 large russet potato 1 pound ground pork 1/2 pound ground veal 1/2 pound ground beef 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp ground sage 1/2 tsp celery salt 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup water 2 recipes Flaky Pastry (see following) 1 egg yolk Boil potato in its jacket until cooked. Peel and mash; set aside. In a large saucepan, add the meat, garlic, onions, spices and water. Cook over medium high heat until bubbling, stirring to break up meat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until almost no liquid remains. Mix in potatoes and add additional seasoning to taste. Let cool, stirring occasionally (mixture will thicken as it cools). Roll out and line plate with pastry. Fill with meat mixture. Roll out remaining pastry. Brush pie rim with water; cover with top pastry and press edge together to seal. Trim and flute. Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp water; brush top pastry. Cut steam vents. Bake in bottom third of a 400ºF oven until hot and golden brown, about 50 minutes. Flaky Pastry Makes 1 double-crust 9-inch pie. 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup each cold butter and lard, cubes 1 egg 2 tsp vinegar Ice water In a bowl, mix flour with salt. Using pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter and lard until coarse crumbs with larger pieces. In liquid measure, beat egg with vinegar, add enough ice water to make 2/3 cup. Drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until ragged dough forms. Divide and press into two discs. Wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (This can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days.) PastryRecipesStarter SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like How to Cook / Recipes / Victoria July 17, 2014 Smoky, Low and Slow – True Barbeque in Victoria Cold brew in one hand, set of tongs in the other. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a languid summer afternoon. Though these days I’m an ... Read More Recipes July 9, 2014 The Slice is Right This is my “go to” when I need a summer salad or side dish in a hurry. Besides its kick-ass unique flavour, what I love about it is the absence ... Read More Recipes July 1, 2014 Trying Thai at Home with the Pok Pok Cookbook I’m embarking on a new challenge, cooking my way through Andy Ricker’s (here his twitter) capstone Thai cookbook, Pok Pok. Named after ... Read More Recipes June 27, 2014 Falafels & Hummus, Caveman Style Picture “Jewish cooking”. What do you see? I know what I think of; babka buns, chocolate and cinnamon swirled into soft challah egg bread. Matzah ... Read More Recipes June 10, 2014 Sea Salt Brings Out Food’s Flavours (and Passions) When I first met the editors of EAT, they wanted to know the most recent recipe I had made and how it went. Honestly, I couldn’t remember. It had ... Read More Recipes June 5, 2014 Smoke ‘n Spice: You Haven’t Had Salmon Like This. Smoke, spice and everything nice – that’s what a good barbecue is made of. Grilling with wood adds depth of flavour to anything on the ... Read More Comments are closed.