Tourtiere (Meat Pie)

Tourtiere (meat pie) is a french tradition.  My mother in law was a great cook and baker.  She taught me how to make pie crust.  She would call me when she was making her meat pie and she’d say “Patsy..I taught you how to make pie crust and now you do it better than me” LOL…miss her!

So today I used her meat pie recipe that she got from a lady she knew….it’s really good.

Make your favourite pie crust recipe or purchase one already made.

Today I made mine in hand pie form….it’s easier for me and my hubby instead of warming up a whole pie.  I used a 5 inch round cutter..put 2 TBSP of filling..wet one half of the dough edge with cold water and fold over and crimped the edge.

So here we go:

Tourtiere (Meat Pie)

  1. 1 lb of ground veal
  2. 2 lbs of ground pork
  3. 1 whole onion chopped
  4. 1 TBSP of parsley
  5. 3 tsp salt
  6. 2 tsp pepeper
  7. 4 large cloves of garlic minced
  8. 3/4 tsp of savoury
  9. 3/4 tsp sage
  10. 3 pinches of cloves

NOTE:  this amount made 25  hand pies (depending on what size you make them).  And 2 5 inch round mini pie plates.


  • prepare your favourite pie crust (or buy one)
  • you will need a 5 inch round cutter or a turnover cutter (see pictures)
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • put all your meat and all the rest of the ingredients in a large pot or pan and cook till no more red shows
  • cool till its not hot but warm
  • roll out dough and cut circles in the size you prefer
  • mine took 2 TBSP of meat mixture
  • brush the edge of half the dough circle with water, then fold over and crimp.  You can use a fork.
  • brush tops with an egg wash
  • make 2 slits in each pie for steam to escape
  • bake @425 for 15 minutes…
  • cool completely …..then on cookie sheets freeze before placing them in a container
  • later take how many you want and thaw on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • place in oven @300 degrees till the centre is nice and hot.




Raisin Pie

Today my hubby asked if I would make him a raisin pie…I’m trying to lose weight so I’ll have to be very disciplined once it’s cooked.  It smells so good in here…I”m in trouble….

When I first got married 47 years ago it’s my mother in law who taught me how to make pie crust.  Years later when I was making pie crust for her meat pies (tourtiere) in French, she said “I taught you how to make pie crust and now you’re better than me) LOL.

I find it easy to make pies, but it’s not the same for everyone.  But here is my recipe if you’re a pie maker.


Make slits for steam to escape.

Fold your bottom and top crust under together.

Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar.

It’s a very tasty pie!


Raisin Pie

  1. 2 cups of water
  2. 1 3/4 cup of raisins
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 TBSP of corn starch
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup of butter , room temperature


  • Bring  your water & raisins to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes
  • mix all dry ingredients together and add after 5 minutes
  • simmer till clear and thickened…remove from heat
  • add butter and vinegar
  • let cool to room temperature
  • meanwhile roll out your dough for the bottom crust
  • pour your cooled filling into your pie crust
  • roll out your top pie crust and top the pie…make slits for steam to escape
  • cut your excess crust to about 3/4 inch overhang then fold under
  • now dust your fingers with flour an flute the edge or primp with a fork