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Moose Meat Pie (Tourtière)

Russ Myers


How did we end up with the best moose meat pie recipe?
Tourtière is a traditional Quebecois Christmas dish and even though Quebec is still in Canada, this dish feels somewhat foreign as it is not in my wife's traditional Christmas line-up.

If I have my way, though, this meat pie recipe will be added each year because I loved it! Although my opinion is probably skewed because I am pretty sure the fact that when we decorated with a moose made me biased.

Seriously though, if you take the time to make this meat pie I guarantee you will not be dissapointed


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8 Servings
30 Min
2 Hr


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1 1/2 c
cubed peeled potato
1 lb
lean ground moose
1 lb
lean ground pork
2 c
mushrooms, finely chopped
3/4 c
celery, finely chopped
3/4 c
chicken stock
2 medium
onions, finely chopped
6 clove
garlic, minced
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
dry mustard
1/2 tsp
each pepper, sage and thyme
1/4 tsp
each ground cloves and cinnamon
pastry for double pie crust and cut outs
egg yolk

How to Make Moose Meat Pie (Tourtière)


  • 1In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potato until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and mash; set aside.
  • 2In a large bowl, mix together ground pork, ground moose, mushrooms, celery, stock, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, cloves, cinnamon and potatoes. Set aside.
  • 3On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 of the pastry discs to scant 1/4-inch thickness. Fit into 9-inch pie plate. Spoon in filling. Roll out remaining pastry. Brush pie rim with water; cover with top pastry and press edge to seal. Trim and flute.
  • 4Roll out scraps; cut out desired shapes. (Make-ahead: Wrap tourtière and shapes separately; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or over wrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator. Add 20 to 30 minutes to baking time, covering with foil after 45 minutes; remove foil for last 10 minutes.)
  • 5Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp water; brush three-quarters over top. Arrange cut-outs on top; brush with remaining egg wash. Cut steam vents in top.
  • 6Bake in bottom third of 400°F oven until hot and golden brown, about 75 minutes.
  • 7Note:
    If you find that the crust of the meat pie recipe is browning too quickly, then cover loosely with tin foil for the remainder of cooking time.

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About Moose Meat Pie (Tourtière)

Course/Dish: Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: Canadian

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