Tourtières are a Christmas Eve tradition in my house. For as long as I can remember we always had these delicious meat pies the night before Christmas with a side of various salads, beets, pickles…I’m getting excited just thinking about it!
My mom was gracious enough to let me share her recipe, which was passed down from my late Grandma. My Mom’s side of the family are Mètis (French Native Canadian) so we grew up enjoying some delicious French Canadian cuisine.
Most tourtières are made from ground beef, pork or veal. This recipe uses a 2:1 ratio of ground beef to ground pork. These pies are quite easy to make and you can make them ahead of time and freeze them until you’re ready to cook them.
For the pie crust, instead of using a traditional recipe with regular flour, I decided to try this low-carb, paleo recipe using almond and coconut flour from the Healthy Foodie. I used my homemade lard for the pie crusts too! They turned out fabulous. Alternatively, you can use any pie crust recipe that you prefer.
- The recipe for the filling will make three 9" pies.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 2 or 3 potatoes, cooked and mashed
- 3 Tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tsp all spice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- S&P to taste
- In a large pot, brown the ground beef and pork.
- Once the meat is browned, add the remaining ingredients. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so allowing the mixture to thicken and until the meat is fully cooked.
- You want the consistency to be thick, but not too thick and definitely not runny. You can adjust the thickness by either adding more bread crumbs or thinning out with more chicken stock.
- Remove the filling from the stove and allow to fully cool.
- Fill the pie crusts and add a top crust.
- At this point you can freeze the pies or bake according to your pie crust recipe.
- Slice up and enjoy!
- Oh and we always topped ours with ketchup 🙂
- Nutritional Info for the filling only as everyone's crust may vary. Based on 1/8th of a pie - recipe makes 3 pies
- 231 Calories, 6g Carbs, 1g Fibre, 17g Fat, 12g Protein, 1g Sugar
- Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
What are your favourite Christmas Eve traditions?