French-Canadian Tourtière (Meat Pie)

Who doesn't love pie?  I know I do, apple pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, cherry pie, pizza pie...  I could go on and on. After my latest homemade meal, I have one more pie to add to my list: Tourtière (aka meat pie.)  This dish pie can easily be whipped up in about an hour. Tourtière is everything you could want in a comforting, hearty meal: meat and potatoes.

2 pre-made pie crusts (feel free to make your own if you wish)
2 pounds of ground turkey (or beef)
1 large onion
1 cup of mashed potatoes (about 2 medium potatoes)
2 teaspoons all-spice 
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg beaten (optional)

Wash, peel, and cut the potatoes into 2 inch thick slices.

Put the potato slices into a medium-sized microwave safe bowl.

Put enough water into the bowl to slightly cover the potatoes.

Microwave on high for 8 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

When the potatoes are tender, pour the contents of the bowl into a colander to drain the water.

Put the potatoes back into the bowl with 1/4 teaspoon rosemary and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Mash with a potato masher until creamy.

Place mashed potatoes in the refrigerator for later.

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, all-spice, rosemary, and thyme over medium heat.

While the oil and spices are heating, chop the onion into chunks and place in the blender.

Chop the onion using the mince or chop feature (You could always chop it yourself, but this is a good option if you don't like big pieces of onion in your food.)

Add the chopped onion to the heated skillet and stir.

Saute the onion for 10 minutes making sure to stir occasionally.

Once the onion is finished, add the ground turkey (or beef.)

Brown the meat, making sure that the meat and the onion are mixed together well.

Put in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare the pie crust by placing it in a 9 inch pie pan.

Take the mashed potatoes and meat and mix together in a large bowl.  Make sure to mix the two together very well.

Spoon the mixture (doesn't it smell delicious?) into the prepared pie dish.

Cover the top with the second pie crust.

Crimp the edges together.

Poke a hole in the center of the pie.

If you would like, brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.  By doing this, the top of the pie will brown up very nicely, this makes for a nice presentation.

Place your pie into the heated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

After you take the pie out of the oven, let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

What a yummy dinner this was!  I know I will be making this again in the future.


          ~ Chef Megs

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