How Do You Make a French-Canadian Tourtiere?

How Do You Make a French-Canadian Tourtiere?

French Canadian tourtiere is a mixture of ground pork, vegetables and spices. It is traditionally baked in a pastry crust and served hot.

French Canadian Tourtiere Recipe

Tourtiere is a traditional French Canadian pork pie. It is often served at Christmas Eve and makes a hearty winter meal. Cooks can serve it fresh, make it ahead for an upcoming meal or freeze it for a future dinner. This recipe was originally published on Canadian Living website and is rated highly by reviewers.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Ready in: 2 hours and 10 minutes


  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. ground pork
  • 3 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried savory
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 double pastry crust
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. water
  1. Prepare the pork
  2. Turn up the heat on the stove to medium-high and heat up the oil in a large skillet. Cook the ground pork in the skillet for 7 to 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan.

  3. Prepare the vegetables
  4. Finely chop the onions and celery, slice the mushrooms, and mince the garlic. Mix the vegetables into the ground pork in the skillet, along with the stock and spices. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture simmer for 45 minutes, stirring regularly. When 2 tbsp. of liquid are left in the skillet, remove it from the heat.

  5. Finish the filling
  6. Mix the breadcrumbs and chopped parsley into the meat mixture. Let the filling cool in the fridge.

  7. Roll the crust
  8. Divide the pie crust in half and roll each half out on a floured surface.

  9. Make the pie
  10. Add the bottom crust to a pie plate. Add the filling to the plate and even out the mixture. Cover the plate with the top crust. Seal and trim the edges. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg and water. Cut some slits in the top for ventilation.

  11. Bake the pie
  12. Bake the pie at 375 F for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the tourtiere from the oven when the top is golden brown.