My husband grew up in Quebec. We now have a little cottage there where we spend our summers. Over the years, I have picked up a few of their French traditions, and this is a family favorite. It is typically served on Christmas Eve and is a big treat, so I make it whenever I want to score big points with my family. Although it uses a double pie crust, this is a much healthier version than the typical French recipe. My kids go absolutely crazy over it and if I let them choose dinner for the evening, all three kids scream, “TORTIÈRE!!!” I always make 2 pies, and they eat the leftovers the next morning for breakfast!
The original recipe calls for three meats to be used…ground beef, veal, and pork. However, I use any combination of extra lean ground turkey, pork, veal, or beef. Mix it up to find the variety your family likes best.
1 1/2 lbs. Extra Lean Ground Turkey, Pork, Veal, and/or Beef
1 Onion, diced
1 Clove Garlic
1/4 cup Water
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Crushed Thyme
1/4 tsp Ground Sage
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
2 Pie Crusts
Preheat oven to 425°. In skillet, brown meat and onion, drain. Add other ingredients and heat over low heat, adding only enough water to keep it moist and stir to combine.
Spread dough into a pie plate, and add meat. Place the other pie crust on top, crimp edges, and cut a few slits in top crust. Cover edges of pie with foil.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with ketchup. Now get ready, and watch it become a family favorite…OH CANADA!