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French Canadian Tourtière

This traditional French Canadian tourtière is especially popular during the holiday season. Serve it with ketchup, chutney, or pickled beets for a classic touch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine French Canadian
Servings 8 people


  • 12" Cast Iron Skillet
  • 12" pie plate


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried savoury
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pie crust
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Heat a 12" cast iron skillet and add the oil. When hot, add the onion.
  • Sauté the onion with the savoury, rosemary, parsley, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and pepper for 3-5 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add the meat and start browning.
  • When the meat is half-way cooked, add the oats, broth, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, and more salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings, remove from heat and cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a 12" pie plate and roll out the dough.
  • Line the pie plate with the dough, add the meat filling, and cover with the top crust.
  • Brush with egg wash and score.
  • Pop it in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.


The meat pie can be made in advance and frozen prior to baking. 
Add an additional 20-30 minutes if baking from frozen.
Keyword Beef, Meat, Pork, Traditonal Recipes