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French Meat Pie Recipe

French Meat Pie Recipe

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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 egg, beaten, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, pork and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine potatoes and seasonings. Roll out half of pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate; trim pastry even with edge of plate. Fill with meat mixture.
  • 3. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Brush with egg if desired. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268864
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

"This meat pie turned out perfect and taste wonderful!!"

stellekat User ID: 8579391 235270
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"I tried this recipe as-is and when I tasted the meat mixture I found it to be flavorless and dry. Having just spent an hour making mashed potatoes and a double pie crust, I wanted to find a way to salvage the dish so I added about 4 oz of red wine to the meat and cooked it down, as well as 1/4 to 1/2 cup of marinara sauce to improve the color and the texture. I also salted and peppered again, liberally this time. It made a huge difference and tasted great! I then assembled the pie in the following order:

-Bottom pie crust
-Mashed potatoes layer
-Meat mixture
-about 2/3 cup shredded Vermont sharp cheddar
-Top pie crust
-Brushed with half and half instead of egg
It was a huge hit in my house both times I made it this way. Hope this helps others!"

Karolynsocha User ID: 8110824 16579
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"The version I grew up with is ground beef ,veal,pork mix with mashed potatoes add spices and onion celery either stuff in turkey or put in pie crusts... Many variations of this, but they are all good! French/ Canadian moms recipe..passed this one four stars"

charlenepaugustyn User ID: 3862805 34073
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I am not French, so I do not know how the French pronounce Tourti?re, which this meat pie is called. I have not made this recipe, but one that had the pork, beef,onion, chopped celery, garlic, hot mashed potatoes, chicken broth, rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, S & P. This recipe was very good, but dry, so I made some homemade gravy & all loved it that way. They just spooned it over the piece of pie that they took. Will try this recipe next time & see the difference in the taste. Thanks & it would be nice if the magazine would put the pronunciation for a foreign word, so the cook could use the name when serving a new dish.


Carol58 User ID: 2884515 37698
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"what do you do with the potatoes ? Do you mix it (the POTATOES with the meat the recipe doesn't say?"

whatever41 User ID: 5204496 37605
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"I only used pork & never put mashed pot. in it but I'll try this on for size!"

stitching1 User ID: 6350875 44109
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"I've made this many times in the past and have come up with some alterations. Instead of a whole onion, only use 1/2 onion. Also instead of the 2 tsp. Allspice, cut down to 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. Allspice can be an overpowering spice. Other than that very easy and very tasty."

oktiregp User ID: 1746760 17063
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Best meat pie ever!"

vieux User ID: 4712790 201801
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"Shades of childhood! This is the tortierre of my childhood. A staple at Christmas. Mom learned the recipe from my father's mother. The only difference is that she didn't use ground beef. Just pork.

I make every year for dad"

Debby Torresan User ID: 4487465 17620
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"Would definitely make this again....Taste just like what my grandmother used to make!"

sablesagirl User ID: 948669 16578
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"i would think so, wouldn't you?"

BELINDA NEFF User ID: 3220674 41232
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2008


lorigian User ID: 3176215 11892
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2008


I'm reading the recipe and where it says "Combine onion, melt, potatoes and seasonings. Is it suppose to say meat??"

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