Tourtière (Meat Pie)

Mike tried this recipe on December 22, 2019

Joyeux Noel! As a special holiday meal I decided to honor my French Canadian ancestry by preparing a traditional dish from Quebec called a Tourtière, or meat pie. While a tourtière traditionally contains some combination of meats such as beef, pork, veal, or wild game, the spices and other ingredients can vary widely among families. This one included cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, making for a wonderful aroma while it was baking.

Adapted from Grow A Good Life

Tourtière (Meat Pie)

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 30 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8
Best Season: Winter


A traditional holiday dish from Quebec, also known as a meat pie.

Adapted from Grow A Good Life



  1. In a large pot, boil the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the potato water and drain the rest. Mash the potatoes and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet cook the beef, pork, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking the meat into crumbles while cooking. Drain off any excess fat.

  3. Reduce heat to low. Add all remaining seasonings and the reserved potato water to the meat and mix well. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, mix in the mashed potatoes and set aside to cool.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll out one sheet of pie pastry to about 12 inches in diameter to fit in a 9 inch pie pan. Line the pan with the pastry, then add the meat filling. 

  5. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg (egg wash), then roll out the second pastry sheet and place on top of the meat mixture. Roll the edges of the top crust under the bottom crust, then pinch and flute the edges to seal. Brush the top crust with the egg wash and cut several vent holes.

  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 539kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g47%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 124mg42%
Sodium 381mg16%
Potassium 756mg22%
Total Carbohydrate 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 34g68%

Calcium 3 mg
Iron 20 mg
Vitamin D 10 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • A deep pie pan is highly recommended.
  • Homemade pie pastry can also be used.
  • This dish can be made ahead of time and stored frozen (cooked or uncooked) for up to 4 months.
    • Uncooked: Do not put egg wash on the crust prior to freezing. When ready to cook, brush with egg wash and bake from frozen for 50-60 minutes at 400 F or until crust is golden brown.
    • Cooked: Reheat from frozen for 20-30 minutes at 400 F.
  • There are many different combinations of meats and seasonings used in making a tourtière. Feel free to experiment!
Keywords: tourtière, meat pie, French Canadian, holidays
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