Sylvie's French-Canadian Tourtiere Recipe

Tourtiere Recipe

This delicious tourtiere recipe (meat pie) has been handed down for generations. French Canadian in origin, it's a great addition to our international buffet table. My daughter-in-love, Sylvie, brings this with her to our Christmas Eve get-togethers. She makes them with her mom, Carmen, but the recipe can be traced back to her grandmother's mom!

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Sylvie's French-Canadian Tourtiere Recipe


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp savory
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • pie crust for 2 pies
  • Cook everything, except the pie crusts, together in a pot.
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Line 2 pie pans with crust. Pour meat filling into pans. Top with pie crust, crimp edges, and cut slit in top.
  • Bake, about 30 - 40 minutes until crust is cooked.
  • Serve hot.
  • If making in advance, bake, cool, and freeze.
  • To serve, thaw, and reheat in oven at 350° F. until heated through, about 20 minutes.

Something passed on that long is a sure indication of how good this is! Sylvie and Carmen make many of these tourtieres and freeze them - as gifts and for themselves. Traditionally eaten after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, they are enjoyed year-round as well. They've become part of our German Christmas tradition as well!

Sylvie says, "Serve these with ketchup!", but I must admit that I like them just the way they are.

Tourtieres are native to Quebec, Canada. There are so many different fillings that are used with a variety of meats. Pork, veal, beef, and even wild game is used and makes for a wide mix of meat pie recipes.

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