French Canadian Tourtiere Recipe

This recipe makes two (2) finished tourtiere pies

Pie Dough Ingredients

The pie dough ingredients below are for 1 pie shell, you’ll need to make this pie shell component four (4) times in total, 2 for each base and 2 for each cover

  • 1 1/4 cups flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold & cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Meat Pie Ingredients

The meat pie filling ingredients below are enough to fill both pies, so cut everything in half if you only want to make 1 pie.

  • 1 head Garlic Cloves
  • 1 pound Russet Potatoes, peeled, large dice
  • 1/2 pound Sweet Potatoes, peeled, large dice
  • 1/2 lb Chuck Beef, trimmed & cut into large cubes
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, peeled
  • 2 sticks Celery
  • 1 large Carrot, peeled
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2/3 cup Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg


  • Prepare 4 batches of pie pastry, line two 9″ pie plates with 2 of the batches and refrigerate
  • Form the remaining 2 batches into discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate
  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Trim off the top of the entire head of garlic, exposing each of the cloves inside
  • Brush the exposed cloves with some olive oil
  • Wrap the head of garlic in parchment paper, then seal the package with tin foil
  • Place the foil package in a small oven-safe dish and roast for 1 hour
  • Prepare a separate medium-sized stock pot for boiling the potatoes
  • Peel and chop potatoes and sweet potatoes, adding them to a separate to the pot as you go
  • Add sufficient water to the pot to cover the potatoes by 2 inches, then generously season with 2 to 3 tbsp of fine sea salt
  • Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat
  • Once the potatoes are boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer partially covered until potatoes are very soft, around 15 to 20 minutes
  • Warm a large dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add a bit of olive oil to the dutch oven and brown the pieces of chuck beef on all sides
  • Once browned, carefully add the red wine and beef broth to the dutch oven, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze
  • Add bay leaf to the dutch oven and bring to a gentle boil, cover and reduce heat to low
  • Simmer the beef for 2 hours until very tender
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove beef from the dutch oven and transfer to a clean bowl to cool
  • Carefully pour the braising liquid into a separate dish, discarding the bay leaf and reserving 3/4 cup of the liquid for later on
  • Roughly chop the onion, celery & carrot and place them in a food processor, with pulse until finely minced throughout
  • Return the empty dutch oven to the stovetop over medium-low heat
  • Add butter, onions, celery & carrots to the dutch oven and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture is softened, around 15 minutes
  • Add finely chopped rosemary and sauté for another minute until fragrant
  • Add ground pork & beef to the skillet, increase heat to medium-high
  • Stirring frequently, cook until the meat is browned, around 5 minutes
  • Temporarily remove meat mixture from heat
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to their original pot (not the dutch oven)
  • Add roasted garlic and the 3/4 cup reserved braising liquid to the potatoes and mash together until very smooth
  • Shred the braised beef into the smallest pieces possible
  • Add shredded beef, mashed potato, cinnamon, nutmeg & ground cloves to the ground meat mixture in your dutch oven
  • Stir vigorously until thoroughly combined
  • Return to the stove top over low heat and bring to a simmer
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing burns or sticks
  • Set aside and let cool for 20 minutes
  • Add toasted bread crumbs, salt & pepper to the meat mixture and stir to thoroughly combine
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Fill both refrigerated pie shells with one half each of the tourtiere filling
  • Dab the edge of each pie shell with some water in preparation for your top layers to create a nice seal
  • Cover each pie with the second rolled out pastry and seal the edges by pressing a fork gently into the dough
  • Cut a small ‘X’ in the center of the covering pastry
  • Whisk the egg yolk with 1 tsp of water and brush over the top of both pie crusts
  • Bake in the center rack for 1 hour until golden brown

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