Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

I am not French but I did live in Quebec for 5 years and was fortunate to be included in one of their traditions; the Christmas Eve Tortierre!  Always with recipes passed on from one generation to the next and savoured on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass.

I was raised a heathen and without the influence of religion.  My Father believed that there was too much Religion and not enough Christianity.  Coming from Belfast Northern Ireland, we could see his point!

Moving to Belfast for 10 years as The Troubles were coming to an end, I too came to identify with that sentiment.  I digress . . .

The French Canadian Tourtierre can be made family size or individual pies.  They can include Veal or not, potatoes or not.   Mine is potato-less and with only triple ground pork and beef.

If you can track some down in your local bakery, I highly recommend you try these delectible tasty Christmas traditions  OR you can make your own like we did today (now frozen and safe for Christmas Eve)

French Canadian Tortierre


2 pounds ground pork

2 pounds ground beef

¾ cup finely diced celery

1 yellow onion, finely diced

5 cups hot water

2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon chicken base or Knorr or Oxo

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

salt and black pepper to taste

2 pie shells for 9-inch pies. top & bottom


  • Dissolve the chicken granules into the hot water. Set aside.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat. Cook the onion and celery for about 5 minutes to slightly soften. Stir with a wooden spoon to not burn.
  • Add the chicken stock mixture, ground pork, ground beef, and poultry seasoning. Cook over medium heat until the meat is cooked, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the breadcrumbs, allspice, ground cloves, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Let cook another 10 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste. Should only need a pinch of salt. (remember bouillon and breadcrumbs already have salt in them)
  • Let cool completely. Add to unbaked pie shells. Either homemade pie crust or store-bought. Top with pie crust. Roll edges under and pinch around the entire pie. Use a sharp knife to slice a slit in the top of each pie.
  • Brush with egg wash. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until the crust is nicely browned. About 30 to 45 minutes.
Makes two 9-inch pies. (or you can make them individual pies, sizing of your choice)
I made ours in Jumbo muffin tins! Hope you enjoy Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker  AND @Carol Williams
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Comments (13)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Susan Emo yummy!  I have had Tortierre's on Christmas as my sister lived in Quebec for sometime.  Delicious!

Dec 14, 2020 04:05 PM
Susan Emo

They are a tradition - glad you were able to try them!

Dec 15, 2020 11:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Susan,  This sounds like a delicious Christmas tradition.  We go to midnight mass and then begin our celebration at home.  This sounds like the perfect addition.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 14, 2020 04:46 PM
Susan Emo

My inlaws go to Midnight Mass for the Church of Ireland - they didn't have tortierres though, lol

Dec 15, 2020 11:50 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

They do look delicious!  Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Dec 14, 2020 05:03 PM
Susan Emo

I like hearing about the many traditions that folks have - glad you enjoyed ours!

Dec 15, 2020 11:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Susan- this does sound yummy and pretty easy to make. I'm going to try making them in jumbo muffin tins like you did. 

Dec 14, 2020 06:45 PM
Susan Emo

They really are easy to make, just time consuming as everything has to cool prior to filling and baking.  I hope you enjoy them!

Dec 15, 2020 11:52 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and this recipe; that looks delicious 🎅

Happy Monday Susan Emo 

Dec 14, 2020 07:01 PM
Susan Emo

Thanks and a Happy Tuesday to you!

Dec 15, 2020 11:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan, I had no idea that you were from Northern Irland, so you should be a Protestant:)) Not a Catholic?? seriously  loved the recipe must bookmark and consider making:))Endre

Dec 14, 2020 11:06 PM
Susan Emo

Our families are indeed Protestant:  Church of Ireland!

Dec 15, 2020 08:00 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
WordPress Real Estate - IDX, RESO Web API, CRM

Hi Susan, thanks for sharing this lovely Tortierre recipe! Christmas traditions bring joy to so many, especially food traditions.

Dec 15, 2020 02:36 AM
Susan Emo

Traditions are what makes the holidays!

Dec 15, 2020 11:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This sounds absolutely delicieux, Susan... and I'm saving the recipe for future use. Thanks for sharing it.

Dec 15, 2020 04:26 AM
Susan Emo

Hope you enjoy it once you get a chance!

Dec 15, 2020 11:53 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Susan Emo - I have never had this but it sounds like something worth trying.

Dec 15, 2020 05:59 AM
Susan Emo

Traditionally in a 9" pie but I like individuals better - not so messy

Dec 15, 2020 11:54 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and Merry Christmas Susan Emo love your post and especially your father's quote

Dec 15, 2020 08:10 AM
Susan Emo

Merry Christmas Rocky Dickerson - it's a quote we'll never forget!

Dec 15, 2020 11:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Defiinitely Delicieux or Delisioso...I would love to try one.  Your father would have agreed with mine who encyclopedic mind on this subject was something else!  LOL A

Dec 15, 2020 10:56 AM
Susan Emo

Yes, we always said my Father should have been a history professor! 

Dec 15, 2020 11:55 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Susan,
Those look and sound really good. I didn't grow up in a family that particularly liked to cook so I've had to figure things out myself as I go. The one person who I remember being a good cook was an Aunt that we saw once or twice a year on special occasions.  Fortunately, I can read and follow a recipe and I love when people share their recipes.

Dec 27, 2020 09:52 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think this sounds delicious - I have bookmarked it for next year - and maybe to try before that.  We are going to Vail with my son and grandsons - one of them is old enough to begin learning to ski - this is the perfect stick to your ribs kind of meal for dinner after a day of skiing

Jan 13, 2021 05:34 AM