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A few of my family and friends have begun to complain about the lack of Canadian cuisine on a blog partially dedicated to Canadian food!  I plan to remedy this over the next few months, but for now, I leave you with a recipe for tourtière, a delightful Quebecois dish.

True tourtière lovers are passionate about this dish – some even refusing to call certain meat pies tourtière if they are not “authentic” enough.   I myself am not fussy about the recipe as long as it is perfectly moist!  There is nothing more disappointing after smelling this dish than to take your first bite and despair at its dryness.   Luckily, my grandmother’s recipe is the antithesis of dry tourtière – deliciously moist and full of flavour, there is everything to love about this meat pie.

Instead of a double crust, I often oft for a lattice, which is far prettier and makes for lighter dinner fare.  While many people use broth to moisten their pie and spices such as cinnamon and cloves to spice it, this recipe’s secret ingredient is cream of mushroom soup.  It adds just the perfect amount of creaminess, while retaining the richness in flavour.  This recipe makes enough for two pies, so we traditionally savour this dish on Christmas Eve, freezing the second one to enjoy a few weeks later!

Tourtière

(makes two 9-inch deep crust pies)

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

1 1/2 lbs lean ground pork

1 small onion, minced

1/2 cup HP sauce

1 cup chili sauce

1 10-oz tin of cream of mushroom soup

1 Tbsp dry mustard

3 Tbsp Worcester sauce

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Pastry for 2 9-inch double crusts or a lattice 

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Beaten egg white

 

Directions:

Brown meat and onions.  Drain fat, add remaining ingredients, and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes. (If you taste test at this point, don’t worry if the flavour is slightly odd – as it simmers, the flavours will mellow and meld together beautifully).  Cool meat mixture.

Meanwhile, roll out pastry to fit pie plates.  Divide meat mixture evenly between the two pies, and top with pastry (or lattice).  Pierce pastry with fork to create steam vents.  Brush the pastry with beaten egg white.

Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.  Let pies cool slightly and enjoy!  Delicious served with pickled mustard relish or fruit chutney.

To freeze pies: cool, wrap, and freeze for up to three months.  To serve, thaw overnight in fridge and reheat before serving.

Bon appetit!

– Catherine

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