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Favorite French Canadian Meat Pie Recipe
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Favorite French Canadian Meat Pie Recipe

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I’m a seventh-generation French Canadian, and my ancestors started the tradition of serving this meat pie on Christmas Eve. One year I didn’t make it, and my daughter and I felt something was missing. The savory pie goes well with salad and fresh rolls for a lighter meal, and it’s good served in small portions with turkey and all the trimmings, too.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground veal
  • 1 cup grated peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the pork, beef, veal, potatoes and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the garlic, seasonings and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Stir in bread crumbs. Combine egg and remaining water; stir into meat mixture.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge. Fill with meat mixture. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil. Reduce heat to 375°; bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as French Canadian Meat Pie in Country December/January 2007, p49

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

"to Charlenepaugustyn: My recipe appeared with this photo in Taste of Home... It is a stock photo, so they also used the photo on many other versions of Tourtiere over the years.. I have never added fillers (potatoe).. If you look up Tourtiere in Wikipedia, there is NO mention of potato... I believe the potato was added in later years to save costs, but I stand by my version as the "true" traditional Canadian meat pie... LOL Thanks for saving the recipe..."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"To shellhig, I would think the fat content of your ground meats would determine the 'juiciness'. Should be an 85/15% ratio."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I have a recipe card from a Reiman Publication, which has the exact picture of the meat pie as is shown here. Sue Paquin from Waterbury, Conn. submitted the recipe with a nice story & the name it is called - Tourtiere. She gave the recipe for the pie crust, which this does not, all the filling is different from what my recipe card shows, including the spices used along with the amounts of the spices, are all different from this recipe shown, along with potatoes & breadcrumbs that are not on my recipe. I have never seen this happen before - how can this be? Would like to hear what the magazine has to say about this. Thanksj"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"I was also desperately looking for a traditional tourtiere recipe that tasted like my brother-in-law's mother used to make every Christmas. This came very close and is delicious! The 2nd time I made it, I used half ground pork, half ground beef since brother-in-law told me that's the way his mom made it. We preferred that to the pork/beef/veal combo. Perfect blend of spices/ingredients."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"My girlfriend and I used to make about 20 or so meat pies when our kids were young and we had lots of energy and motivation. This year my grown children wanted to know why I don't make the pies any more. I have lost the old recipe and found this on on the taste of home website. It seemed to be the closest one to the old one I used to make. The pie came out tasting almost exactly like the ones we used to make! I added a pinch more salt and a little allspice to the recipe, also a teaspoon of poultry seasoning along with the sage that this recipe called for. I have saved this recipe and will continue the old tradition of meat pies for Thanksgiving and New Years Eve."

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