|Tourtière du Lac-St-Jean|
This one is a feast of game meat in big chunks, slow-roasted in a pie crust. It is a recipe big enough to feed a whole extended family, and it takes most of a weekend to prepare and cook.
We've served Tourtière du Lac-St-Jean at our New Year's levées, when we've had them, and it is always the star of the show. The spices are not what you typically associate with meat dishes, but, let me assure you, the result is heartily mouth-watering and your house will smell delicious the whole time it cooks.
Tourtière du Lac-St-Jean
Serves 10-12 hungry people
|Salt pork (it's really, really salty -- like, the granules of salt stick to your hand)|
One 4 ½ lb duck** boned (probably results in about 2 lb of meat; in a pinch, use chicken)Because we purchased our duck, hare, and veal, the cost of this meal comes in on the high side, but the melded flavours are sumptuous.
One 3 lb chicken boned (about 2 lb of meat; we used chicken breast)
One 3 lb hare** boned
½ lb veal, diced (we used osso buco and added the bones to the broth after cutting off the meat)
½ lb beef, diced
½ lb lean pork, diced
¼ lb salt pork (or fatty bacon), chopped
** Tip: boil the hare and the duck first, to get the meat off the bones, otherwise, you'll be driven crazy with picking. Use the resulting broth in this recipe (below).
|Broth made from the water used to boil the duck and hare (as well as the other bones and vegetable trimmings.|
After removing the meat, we toss the bones back in the water and boil the bejeebers out of it.
|It's not a large quantity of spices, but the flavoring is just right.|
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
2 ½ tsp salt
3 onions, chopped
|All the meats and the onions and spices.|
Line a very, very deep roasting pan -- a great big turkey pan, not one of those skimpy ones that comes with your oven -- with pastry. (We have, in the past, used two lasagne pans.) We purchase about eight frozen pie crusts, but you could always make your own.
|This time with the other vegetables added.|
3 lb of diced potatoesPour in the boiling water or broth (2 cups). Note: although we used our salt-free bone broth, I did not add extra salt to the recipe, and it turned out just fine.
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
Cover with more pastry. Cut slits or holes in the top crust and bake as follows:
20-25 minutes at 450° FCover the edges with foil, then bake 1 hour at 300° F
Cover the entire top with foil and bake another 4 hours at 300° F
|I suck at pie crusts, even when working with commercially made dough.|
Once it's done, let it sit on the counter for five minutes or so while you toss the salad.
|It did not slice or serve this beautifully while it was hot out of the oven. |
For this pretty picture, I chilled it overnight, then cut it with a sharp knife while still cold..
*Tourtière is pronounced "torch-air" by most English-speaking Canadians.
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