Every year I drag down my old Burgundy coloured plastic folder and look for a yellowed sheet of paper that holds my favourite seasonal recipe.
A French Canadian friend of mine taught me to make this years ago and never a Christmas season passes without at least one Tourtiere emerging from my very busy oven!
Simple to make...
and very easy to eat. It is traditionally a part of Christmas Eve revellion in Quebec and sometimes also New Years Eve.....and it is a part of French Canadian food culture that I love - along with the very tasty and equally simple Poutine!
You will need to make yourself a double pie crust....use your favourite recipe, I use only butter pastry now, having acquired a preference for that after living in Europe.
The filling is as follows:
2lbs ground beef and ground pork mixed
3 cups water
1 white onions chopped (small, small dice)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves (I always add a little extra spice)
garlic and savoury are optional (I never use them)
Bring this to a boil and simmer for 20 mins. then drain it and cool (covered) for about 30 - 40 mins.
At this point I always add a small amount of mashed potatoes (no butter or cream added to them) just to bind the meat. I fill my pie crust very very full, and top it off, crinkling the edges. I give it an egg and cream brush and bake @ 450 for ten mins and then for another half hour @350.
Some people add other veggies...like mushrooms - but not the purists that I know!
It can be eaten hot along with the rest of your favourite festive foods, or just cold with ketchup...can you believe it, but the cold ketchup way is my favourite!!