Street meat

Sundays Street Feast was a phenomenal hit. It was a great day and me and my man got to stuff our faces with delicate delights while getting to know our lovely neighbors, most of which we had never had the chance to bump into – an unfortunate occurrence in apartment blocks these days.
I woke up nice and early on Sunday morning and  made enough pastry for two tourtiere’s, blind baked them, made the filling for both pies, and baked them both. By the time I was finished, I was ready to eat them myself. It took a world of self control to not hack into them.

We were fortunate enough to meet two Canadians who were staying with neighbors on their holidays, and they were kindly able to accurately approve my tourtiere’s.

Since I had never made a tourtiere before, I was nervous. It’s been years since I had one, and I was worried I would ruin Canada’s rep in our community. But when it came to the moment of truth, those who tried it were pleasantly surprised. If you’d like to try this surprisingly straightforward recipe, all the important bits are blow. Great served hot for dinner, and leftovers kept for a picnic or lunch all week.

Additional note: my recipe has been amended to reflect a 100% true Canadien tourtiere. Thanks for the tips Emilie!

1/2lbs beef, cubed or minced/ground
1/2lbs pork, cubed or minced/ground
bacon to taste
2 potatoes, cubed
1 onion diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 recipe for double crust pastry – I found a good one here

Added to the pie from a previous recipe before being given the heads up on a true recipe
as much or as little garlic as you want
1/4 cup water
2tsp cornflour – to thicken if it gets a touch watery
1tsp sage – chopped fresh or dried
1tsp thyme – chopped fresh or dried
1/4tsp ground cloves


Blind bake your pie base for 10 minutes. While that’s baking, combine all ingredients {except water and cornflour} in a pot and cook. Depending on how much fat is in the meat and how much liquids form in your filling, you may need to add the water, or add cornflour. Once the meat is cooked, serve into the semi-baked crust, place the uncooked pastry lid on top, pierce the top to let any hot air out, and cook in the oven at 180C for roughly 15-20 minutes – until the pastry on top is cooked. Cut, serve, stuff your face. 

I got my first recipe here and tweaked it where necessary, but was given an old school tourtiere recipe found here

Click here for a handy cooking calculator, should you prefer to measure in cups, mls, oz, etc.

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  1. August 30, 2011 / 19:10

    oooh nice.
    my grandma makes these every year at christmas. actually, i have cousins who ask for them for christmas gifts, haha.
    p.s extra delish if you serve with some grvay…

  2. August 30, 2011 / 19:49

    Damn! See, I was thinking gravy but then I didn't want to possibly ruin it. Next time I'll be prepared!

    I never knew it was linked to Christmas before I did research on it. And I wouldn't mind getting it as a gift! Om nom nom.

  3. September 1, 2011 / 11:55

    ohoh…I'm french canadian and that is a false labelling. That's a meat pie, delicious but not a tourtière.
    I will send you a e-mail with a real tourtière recipe from the Saguenay (my best friend dad is from that area).

  4. September 1, 2011 / 12:12

    No that's perfect Emilie! Thank you for correcting me. I was thinking back to see if the tourtiere I ate when I was younger had potato and possibly carrots? But once I saw this recipe I thought my memory was not what it used to be.

    I will amend the recipe to reflect a true Canadien recipe. Thank you again!

    – Alex