December 30, 2009

Tourtiere: A Wonderful French Canadian Meat Pie for a Cold Winter's Night

After flying back from Toronto, we came home to a nearly empty fridge.  What to do?  What to eat?  Luckily, we had a homemade Tourtière in our freezer, given to us by the now very newly-wed (they married last week!), Sarah and Hugue.

Sarah and Hugue are a true foodie match made in heaven.  Sarah Obraitis works for Heritage USA and Hugue Dufour (Canadian readers will know him as one of The Wild Chefs on Food Network Canada) rose through the ranks of famed Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon (i.e. a mecca for pork lovers).  Together they started making and selling Tourtières, a French Canadian meat pie traditionally served during the holidays but are so warm and comforting they can be eaten year-round.

Sarah and Hugue's Tourtière comes frozen (for easy storing) and in a generous size.

They suggested we brush the pie with an egg yolk  Then we popped the pie in the oven for an hour at 350F.

The finished product looks mouthwatering!

The filling is hearty and rich with chunks of brisket, pork, turkey, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, wine, garlic, and spices.  The Tourtière also came with a mason jar of homemade cranberry ketchup sauce (as seen in the first picture).  The meat was moist and the crust was light and flaky.  We enjoyed our tourtiere for a couple of nights and it paired well with both a Cotes du Rhone wine and winter beers (opened the last of our Anchor Christmas '08)

To purchase your own homemade pie in the New York City area, contact Sarah and Hugue at


  1. This looks mouth wateringly good... Needs a good BBQ sauce on the side

  2. I want to try that one here in our place, very healthy and yummy.


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