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Tourtiere (Pork Pie)

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A traditional French-Canadian holiday meat pie, delicately spiced and seasoned. Serve with a sauce on the side.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions:

Combine ingredients, and brown in large skillet. Do not overcook. Drain fat. Make upper and lower crusts for 2 pies. Fill bottom crust with meat filling, cover with top crust, and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes; then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 40 minutes more. Makes enough filling for 2 pies.

Pastry:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions:

Sift together flour and salt. Cut in Crisco and butter. Stir in egg with cold water. Shape dough into a ball. Chill at least 30 minutes; roll out. Makes enough for a double-crust pie.
Updated Thursday, November 8th, 2007
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