tourtiere side dish and serving ideas



This French-Canadian spiced meat pie has a history dating back to the early 1600s. Tourtière was eaten as part of the réveillon, a late night feast after mass on Christmas Eve. Today you can eat tourtière anytime though it is most commonly made during the winter and is still a special part of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Quebec.

Every family has their own recipe for tourtière, but most commonly it is a buttery double crust filled with spiced, hand chopped or minced pork, veal or beef and baked to a golden and flaky deliciousness. Wild game is sometimes added for a more robust flavor and in coastal areas, you may find fish such as salmon in the filling. Tourtière is most commonly spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg.

Serve tourtière with…

Something with Veggies

roasted carrots
roasted beets
roasted tomatoes
glazed carrots
pea soup
roasted Brussels sprouts

Something Starchy

mashed potatoes with peas

Something Pickled

pickled beets
butter pickles
pickled vegetables
mustard pickle
green tomato ketchup

Something Saucy

cranberry sauce
chili sauce

Just Salads

garden salad
fennel salad

Something Fruity

apple crisp
pear crisp
poached pears

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