Traditional christmas eve tourtiere

5 servings
20 min
40 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 5

Pastry to two crust pie:

1 large onion chopped

2 or 3 tablespoons oil or butter

1 clove garlic

1-1/2 pounds of pork

1 cup gravy or stock (saved from turkey or pork)

2 russet potatoes (par boiled)

2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon thyme,

1/2 teaspoon rosemary (or more)

Salt and pepper to taste

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon allspice, more to taste

Butter-Lard Pastry:

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup lard (or shortening- Crisco)

5 to 6 tablespoons of ice water


  • Saute the onion in oil until transparent, add the garlic and saute for one minute and then add the ground pork. Cook until the meat is brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup stock or gravy and cover pan and simmer for about 15 or 20
    minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Uncover pan and reduce liquid to 2 or 3 tablespoons. Add the seasonings and stir to blend. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Add the coarsely chopped potatoes and add enough additional gravy to moisten. (
    Should not be to wet.)
  • Spoon filling into pastry shell. Use egg glaze on along overhand. Place crust on top and trim.
  • Fold the top edge under the bottom and crimp edge. Brush with egg glaze and decorate with extra pastry if desired. Sprinkle with Coarse salt.
  • Bake in the lower third of oven for 15 minutes and then raise to the middle shelf, lower heat to 350 and continue to bake until golden brown. About 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Butter-Lard Pastry:
    Mix flour with salt, and cut in butter and lard. Put flour mixture in bowl and add water mixing with a fork until pastry comes together. Form in to a ball and cut in two pieces. Form each into a round flat disc and refrigerate for 1 hour.


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