I have ancestors from all over the globe. Something I'd like to do this year is try a dish from all of the countries my ancestors called home. Many of them hail from Canada.
A couple of years ago, my grandmother presented me with a cookbook of all of her personal favorite recipes. There was a recipe for this sort of meat pie in there. I don't know what happened to the recipe, but I do remember the flavors, so I decided to try my hand at it alone. Here's how I make it without her recipe:
French-Canadian Meat Pie
- 2 lb lean ground pork
- 1 large onion or 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tsp each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp savory
- 1/4 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 cup mashed potatoes (mashed roughly, leaving lumps behind)
- pie crust for a double crust pie
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp water
How it's Done:
- Cook the pork in a skillet until no longer pink. Don't overcook it.
- Add broth, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, savory, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in mashed potatoes. Set aside.
- Roll out 1/2 of pie crust into the bottom of a 9" deep dish pie plate. Mound filling into pie crust. Top with the other 1/2 of the dough. Vent. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg/water mixture.
- Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown. Let the pie sit for 10 minutes before cutting.