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Tourtière: A French-Canadian Meat Pie Recipe

Tourtière, also known as pork pie or meat pie, is a combination of ground meat, onions, spices, and herbs baked in a traditional piecrust.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French-Canadian
Keyword: tourtiere
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 520kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life





Prepare the pastry:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour with the salt. Cut in butter or lard until mixture is a roughly even crumbly texture. Add water and blend just until dough comes together.
  • Shape into a rough disc, wrap and chill in the refrigerator. While pastry is chilling, prepare filling.

Prepare the filling:

  • Cook potatoes in a pot of water until tender, about 12 minutes. Reserve 1/2-cup of potato water and drain the rest. Mash potatoes and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook the onion, garlic beef and pork over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain off excess fat. 
  • Combine the seasonings in a small bowl and add to the meat mixture in the skillet.
  • Add the reserved potato water. Mix in well and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. 
  • Remove the pan from heat, stir in mashed potatoes, and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C

Make the meat pie:

  • On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and flatten one ball of dough with your hands. Roll dough to about 12-inches in diameter to fit a 9-inch pie pan. 
  • Place the pastry into the pie plate and add the meat filling.
  • Brush around the outer edge of the pastry with the beaten egg. Roll out the top pastry and place on top of the filling.
  • Fold the top crust under the bottom crust and pinch or flute the edges. Brush with egg wash and cut vent holes.
  • Bake in a preheated over for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove the tourtière from oven and let it cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Yield: Makes 1 pie, about 8 servings.


Calories: 520kcal