French Canadian Tourtieres Recipe

French Canadian Tourtieres Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 40 min.

Makes: 32 servings

This recipe comes from my big sister. Each fall, we get together and make about 20 of these pies to use at Christmas, give as gifts or freeze for unexpected company. —Pat Menee, Carberry, Manitoba


  • 4 celery ribs
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 pounds ground pork
  • 2 pounds ground veal
  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Pastry for four double-crust pies (9 inches)


  1. Coarsely chop the celery, carrots and onions; place in a food processor with garlic. Cover and process until finely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a stockpot or two Dutch ovens, cook vegetables, pork, veal and sausage until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in broth, parsley and seasonings. Cover and cook over low heat 20 minutes. Stir in bread crumbs.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°. Line four 9-in. pie plates with bottom crusts; trim pastry even with edges. Fill each with about 4 cups filling. Roll out remaining pastry to fit tops of pies; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  4. Cover edges of pies loosely with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Remove foil and bake pies 15-20 minutes longer or until crusts are golden brown. 
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked pies. To use, remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Preheat oven to 400°. Place pie on a baking sheet; cover edges loosely with foil. Bake 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Remove foil. Bake pie 50-60 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 4 pies (8 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 469 calories, 29g fat (12g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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15 thoughts on “French Canadian Tourtieres Recipe

  1. Growing up in a large French Canadian family here in New England, this was a treat dish often served on Christmas Eve when I was growing up. It was nothing like a shepherd’s pie which used lamb and had a mashed potato topping. But, that is just a regional difference and many dishes are called by other names depending on where you are. Look at how many names there are for a grinder, or sub, zeppelin, wedge, or hoagie…

    1. H hi ow amazing it is to learn of the Canadian community of bloggers. I don’t believe you all know each other unless you are geographically tagged. The Tourtieres is a marvelous Canadian recipe. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.🍮🍮🍂🍂🍮🍮🍂❤️

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