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What is a good recipe for French Canadian meat pie?

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A good recipe for French Canadian meat pie is Memere Rousseau's Tourtiere from Yankee Magazine and PBS's Classic French Canadian Tourtiere. These recipes typically include ground pork, potatoes, onion, cinnamon and cloves.

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Make Memere Rousseau's Tourtiere by simmering 2 pounds of ground pork, 1 minced medium onion, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 cups of water in a saucepan at medium-low for up to four hours. Once the liquid evaporates, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves and 3 cups of mashed potatoes. Pour the meat mixture into a pie crust, and top the pie with a second crust. Pinch the edges together to create a seal, and brush the pastry with 1 tablespoon of milk. Bake the tourtiere at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

To make Classic French Canadian Tourtiere, saute 1 minced onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 10 minutes, and then add 1 pound each of ground pork and beef. Cook the meat for 10 more minutes, and stir in 1 cup of mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup of beef broth, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt. Season the mixture with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, and simmer everything for 30 minutes before chilling it for at least two hours. Spoon the cooled mixture into a pie shell, and add another shell on top. Brush the top pastry with an egg wash, and bake the pie at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.

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