So here’s what we did:
P.S. The music in the video is by Ginette Reno, a musical icon in Québec that I grew up listening to and still love today. Song: Vive le vent! (In English, it’s Jingle Bells)
Ta da! Here we are with our unbaked tourtières ready to be frozen, and then cooked on Christmas Eve. Taking a picture of seven women can be challenging – this is the best snapshot I have. But trust me, we’re even more beautiful in person. Karen and I (in red plaid) removed our aprons a little too early (mine was all covered with flour). Left to right, Cathy, Shirley, Anne, Carolyn, Pam, me and Karen.
The recipe we’ve used for the past 21 years comes from my friend Anne’s mom, Rita Carey. It’s her family’s traditional tourtière recipe that has been passed down from generations in Shawinigan, Quebec. We are happy to share the recipe with you, as it is exquisite.
Rita’s Tourtière Recipe
1 1/2 lb. ground pork
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. savoury
¼ tsp. celery salt
¼ tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
½ c. water (enough to cover 3/4 of the ingredients)
¾ c. breadcrumbs
Pie pastry (double crust)
* I like to add a dash of sage and allspice too.
Place everything except the breadcrumbs in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 20 min. uncovered over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs. Remove from heat and cool until tepid. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Line 9” pie plate with pastry, fill with meat, cover with pastry and decorate with leftover dough. Cut vents in the top crust with a sharp knife. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 min or until brown. Serve hot or cold.
Double the recipe for a large pie.
If you give it a try, be sure to send me snapshots of your tourtière at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see it!
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