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Recipe: Alice’s Lac-Saint-Jean tourtière

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Original tourtière recipe from Alice Gagnon, grandmother of Claude Savard, Vice President, Information Technology.

"This recipe was passed down to me from my grandmother Alice. Alice used to serve us her tourtière every Christmas Eve until she passed away. Now I carry on this tradition, and my kids say Christmas wouldn’t be as magical without Alice’s tourtière." - Claude Savard, Vice-President, Information Technology

 

Lac-Saint-Jean tourtière

 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 900 g (2 lb or 4 cups) top sirloin steak, cubed (1 cm or ½ inch)
  • 900 g (2 lb or 4 cups) boneless chicken thighs, cubed (1 cm or ½ inch)
  • 900 g (2 lb or 4 cups) pork tenderloin, cubed (1 cm or ½ inch)
  • 200 g salt pork, very finely chopped
  • 3 large yellow onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 cups white potatoes, cubed (1 cm or ½ inch)
  • 6 cups homemade or store-bought chicken broth
  • 2 homemade or store-bought pastry crusts
  • 1 egg white

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.

 

  • Use a 16 x 4 ½ inch granite oval roaster.

 

  • In the roaster, mix the steak, pork, chicken, salt pork and onion.

 

  • Add salt and pepper.

 

  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

 

  • Add the potatoes to the meat mix and mix in well.

 

  • Transfer the meat and potato mixture into 2 mixing bowls.

 

  • In a pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.

 

  • Completely cover the inside of the roaster with 1 pastry crust.

 

  • Pour the meat and potato mixture into the roaster.

 

  • Slowly pour in the hot chicken broth until it reaches the top of the mixture.

 

  • Cover with the other pastry crust.

 

  • With a brush, spread the egg white over the dough.

 

  • Fold the edges of the pastry crust.

 

  • Cover and cook for 1 hour at 350 °F.

 

  • After 1 hour, remove the roaster and gently tilt it from side to side to mix the broth.

 

  • Using an injector, remove half a cup of broth.

 

  • Check the broth for seasoning and add salt if needed. Put the broth back inside the tourtière with the injector.

 

  • Gently tilt the roaster from side to side to mix the broth.

 

  • Cover and put back into the oven for 1 hour.

 

  • Remove the roaster and gently tilt it from side to side to mix the broth.

 

  • Using an injector, remove half a cup of broth.

 

  • Check the broth for seasoning and add salt if needed. Put the broth back inside the tourtière with the injector.

 

  • Gently tilt the roaster from side to side to mix the broth.

 

  • DO NOT COVER and put back into the oven for 1 to 2 hours until the crust is golden brown.

 

  • Remove from oven and let stand uncovered for 15 minutes.

 

  • Serve

 

Enjoy !

 

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