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From: Gary Boivin <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Difference between Tourtiere and Meat Pie
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:28:59 -0700
French style Meat Pie/Tourtière has animal flesh (meat) while
English/American Meat Pie is made from fruits.
It was quite a shock to my wife when she ordered "Meat Pie" is a
restaurant --- she didn't eat it.
On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Mona Andrée Rainville
> Hi there,
> I've been asked to explain the difference between tourtière and meat
> Well, both contain pretty much the same ingredients, more or less. And
> both tend to be called tourtière around Christmas time.
> But where the meat filling that goes into a meat pie is already cooked,
> the meat filling that goes into a real tourtière is uncooked and needs
> to cook a long time with the pastry. Originally, tourtières were made
> with tourtes, a kind of pigeon now extinct because of uncontrolled
> hunting practices. Porc and veal were substituted for the tourte and
> here we are.
> Over the years, with mothers often having to work outside the home, meat
> pies have become more popular than traditional tourtières, and now if
> you ask around you, most people will describe a meat pie when you ask
> about tourtière. Meat pies are called "pâté à la viande" in French. Not
> Don't get me wrong, it is all good. But meat pies were essentially an
> English import, whereas tourtières are French.
> Good night,
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