Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pie

Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pie

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Tourtiere Pie Filling:

1 lb ground pork
1 small onion, diced
1 small garlic clove
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp savory
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup water
One 9-inch unbaked two-crust pie pastry (recipe below)

Combine ingredients in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered
for 20 minutes, or long enough to remove the pink tone
from meat and to reduce most of the water. The mixture
should be damp but not watery. Remove garlic clove.

Let mixture cool, then use a slotted spoon to put it
into a 9-inch pastry lined, unbaked pie shell
(recipe follows).

Cover with pastry, seal edges and prick to allow steam
to escape (or place a china blackbird in centre to hold
up the top crust).

Unbaked pie can be frozen.

To bake, place fresh or frozen pie into a 450 degrees F
oven. After 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees F and
bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

This pie is delicious with homemade chili or other
relishes.

Tourtiere pastry for 9-inch two-crust pie:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup lard or shortening
5 1/2 tsp cold water

Sift 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour on to a piece of
wax paper. Set empty flour sifter in a medium-size
bowl. Measure 2 cups of the sifted flour back into
the sifter. Add 1 tsp of salt and sift into the bowl.

Drop 3/4 cup of lard or shortening into bowl and cut
it into the flour with a pastry blender, blending fork
or with two knives (one in each hand, cutting in a
crisscross fashion, like scissors), until particles are
the size of peas.

Put another 1/4 cup of flour from wax paper into a small
bowl. Slowly stir in 5 1/2 tsp of cold water and mix
until smooth.

Add to shortening mixture, stirring with a fork until
particles stick together when pressed gently.

Shape into a ball, wrap in wax paper and chill for
30 minutes. Makes enough for a 9-inch two-crust pie.

Source: Canadian Magazine in the Saturday Otawa Citizen
newspaper, Dec 3, 1971.