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 Recipes December 11, 2014 Cauliflower: A Classy Comeback Move over kale, cauliflower is in town and she’s looking mighty fine. In the past year, cauliflower has edged itself to the front of the plate, ... Read More Recipes / Shops / Victoria December 9, 2014 Under the Tuscan Spell I get asked two questions when I reveal I work for EAT; What’s the best part of the gig? and How’d you dream up all those story ideas? The ... Read More Recipes November 27, 2014 A Mother and Her Son Make Ukrainian Red Borscht A century is a long, long time, especially for a twenty something. When I sat in my great grandmother’s parlour as a preschooler, eating bridge mix ... Read More Recipes November 20, 2014 French Onion Soup: A Dark Season Delight French Onion Soup has long been a classic in France for people who are looking for an inexpensive way to drive the winter cold out of their bones. As ... Read More Recipes / Restaurants / Victoria November 7, 2014 Where to get house-made pierogies in Victoria Making pierogies from scratch is a lot easier than you’d think. Take it from me. The other night I ventured into my kitchen determined to 1) make ... Read More Recipes October 30, 2014 Venezuelan Arepas: La Reina Pepiada La Reina Pepiada is a Venezuelan specialty, named for Miss World 1955, Susana Duijm, who was the first to deliver the crown to Venezuela (though ... Read More Comments are closed.