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Pork Tourtiére

July 21, 2011

Pork Tourtiére

Pork Tourtiére

It’s Christmas in July!  I know that meat pies aren’t normally eaten in the summer but I love pies.  I kinda just wanted something a little different than a berry pie so I switched it up.  Do you know what tourtiére means?  It’s French for meat pie.  Meat pie is a traditional dish that is usually served on Christmas Eve.  When I was younger my mom used to make meat pies all the time and she would give them away for Christmas gifts rather than fruit cakes.  Christmas is a time of joy and family.  I declare that we should have a Christmas in July to appreciate all that we have mid-way through the year.  If you decide to celebrate with me you really need to make these pies.  They are delicious and they are very easy to make. They will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit.

Pork Tourtiére

Pork Tourtiére

1.  Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. ground pork

1 cup water

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup mashed potatoes

salt and pepper to taste

2-9-inch pie crusts

To Prepare the Pies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.   In a saucepan, combine pork,onion, garlic, water, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils; stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer until meat is cooked, about 10 minutes.

3.  Remove the meat mixture from the heat and add the potatoes.  Allow the filling to cool completely.

4.  Roll out two 4-inch deep dish pie shells  or one 9-inch pie shell leaving a half inch over-hang.

  Spoon the meat mixture into the pie crust.

6.  Place top crust on top of pie and pinch edges to seal. Brush the top of the pies with an egg wash mixture.  Cut slits in top crust so steam can escape.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, until golden brown.  If the edges get too brown cover edges of pie with strips of aluminum foil. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Makes 2 – 4-inch deep dish pies or 1 – 9-inch

Pork Tourtiére

Pork Tourtiére

These pies are total comfort food.  They are great for cold rainy or snowy days. Merry Christmas in July!

From our kitchen to yours,

Sydney Jones

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011 7:20 am

    I have 4 inch pie pans and these make a lovely individual dinner. No doubt these are really tasty-I have bookmarked this recipe. Yum!

  2. July 22, 2011 4:10 am

    Looks delicious! I love to try different pork recipes. This Pork Tourtiére will definitely go into my list.

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