Mme. Benoit's Tourtière

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"Tourtière is a French Canadian meat pie which is traditionally served at Christmas. It may be made from pork, beef or a combination of meats sometimes including veal. Different regions in Quebec have their own traditional recipes. Some regions use game such as hare or duck rather than beef and pork. The pies should not have too much filling as they are just a part of the whole traditional Christmas dinner. It's usually served with tomato ketchup. This recipe is the creation of Mme Jehane Benoit, a famous Quebec cooking expert who received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian cuisine. I found this recipe on recipesourcedotcom and on bloggerdotcom where it was posted by Lizzy Ferland. It is originally from the Canadiana Cookbook"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (83.7 g)
  • Calories 162.6
  • Total Fat - 9.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 50.5 mg
  • Sodium - 293.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 0.7 g
  • Protein - 15.1 g
  • Calcium - 10.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place all ingredients except breadcrumbs and pastry in a saucepan , bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Remove from heat, add 3 to 4 spoonfuls of breadcrumbs and let stand for 10 minutes. If the fat is sufficiently absorbed by the breadcrumbs do not add more, otherwise add more in the same manner until fat is absorbed.

Step 4

Cool mixture and spoon into pastry-lined pie plate and place pastry for top crust over top, wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, press edges together to seal, flute attractively and cut slits in top crust.

Step 5

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Step 6

*NOTE: Cooked tourtière may be frozen for 4 to 5 months and does not need to be thawed before reheating. To reheat, place your frozen tourtiere (covered in foil) in a medium oven and bake until a knife inserted in the centre is hot when you pull it out*

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


I made this using my own gluten free pie crust recipe and rice bread crumbs and it worked perfectly. What a great tasting tourtiere. Thx for sharing this here.

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(20 Feb 2015)