While many French-Canadian tourtiéres do include mashed potatoes, the majority
do not have grated potatoes in the bottom. I don't know when this tradition started
with my family. Maybe it simply was my grandmother's response to difficult economic
times. With more money, or fewer sons to feed, the layer of grated potatoes decreased,
and the measure of meat rose – regional Canadian cuisine at its budgetary best!
2 pounds medium ground pork 1 kg
1 pound extra lean ground beef 500 g
medium onion, grated 1/4
1 cup water 250 mL
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon each ground allspice & nutmeg 1 mL
pinch ground cloves
1 cup peeled and grated potato 250 mL
pastry for two double crust 9-inch pies
In a heavy bottom pot, place meat, onion, water, salt and pepper. Bring to the
boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook until meat is well cooked, and no pink remains.
Add allspice and nutmeg, plus a very small pinch of cloves. Mix well and taste.
Add more salt if needed.
Place bottom pie crusts in pie plates.
Spread half of the grated potato over each pie crust. Sprinkle with salt.
Top with 3 cups (750 mL) of meat mixture.
Place second crust over entire mixture. Seal edges and cut vents into top pastry
to allow steam to escape.
Bake 8-9 inch meat pie in a 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 15 minutes;
reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake for another 35 minutes.
Remove pie from the oven and allow cooling for 5 minutes prior to cutting and
Yield: 2 pies
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: Calories 490 Total Fat 33g Saturated Fat
9g Cholesterol 55mg Sodium 400mg Carbohydrates 31g Fibre 0g Protein 17g