I triple the amount of filling for my favorite meat pie and freeze each portion separately. On busy days, I just thaw the filling and bake in a refrigerated pie crust. —Joani Durandette, Glendora, California
"Because my husband hunts, I'm always trying new ways to use venison," writes Jan Stahl of Flin Flon, Manitoba. "When I incorporated it into my meat pie recipe - a traditional Fresh-Canadian dish - it was a smash hit! We make dozens of these pies as Christmas gifts."
This hearty meat pie has a filling seasoned with a tasty combination of herbs and spices and is topped with a flaky golden crust. Called tourtiere, it's a dish traditionally served by French Canadians following mid-night Mass on Christmas Eve.
Some time ago, when I was working at a newspaper, a co-worker happened to bring a meat pie for lunch. The aroma was familiar to me, and I asked for a taste. To my amazement, it was the same pie my grandmother used to serve when I was a youngster! I copied the recipe, and I have been enjoying French Meat Pie ever since. It's still delicious!