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Tourte De Noel


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Pies/pastry Pork/ham

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Very lean pork; finely diced (up to 3)
  • 4 sm Onions; chopped
  • 4 Cooked potatoes; diced
  • 1 1/2 ts Sage (up to 2)
  • 1 tb Savory
  • 1 tb Salt; Yes, tablespoon!
  • 1/2 ts Pepper
  • 2 tb Butter
  • 3 tb Flour
PASTRY
  • 4 tb Butter
  • 4 tb Lard
  • 1 Egg; well beaten
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1/2 ts Savory
  • 2 c All-purpose flour
  • 6 tb Ice water (up to 8)

Directions:

Place the meat and onion in saucepan, with just enough water to barely cover the meat. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Add the cooked potatoes, sage, savory, salt and pepper. Simmer together 20 minutes.
 
Make a ball of the butter and flour. Add to meat juice and cook until sauce is creamy. Taste for seasoning, then cool. Pour into pastry-lined baking dish and cover with top crust. Bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown. This tourte also freezes well.
 
Pastry: Cream together the butter and the lard. Stir in the eggs, salt and sage. Mix well and work in the flour with your hands. Sprinkle half the water on top and blend; then add the rest of the water, enough to make the dough cling together. Do not overwork the pastry nor make it too wet. Roll out as thinly as possible on a floured board and line the bottom and sides of a round baking dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.
 
NOTES : The pastry for the tourte is very special, and different from the tourtiere type. It is rich, flaky, light and always flavored with savory. In the old days, wild savory was gathered in the autumn and hung on the kitchen rafters to dry until Christmas. The tourte is quite different from the tourtiere. Recipe by: The Canadiana Cookbook/Mme Jehane Benoit/1970 Posted to TNT - Prodigy's Recipe Exchange Newsletter by Bill & Leilani Devries <devriesb@cyberbeach.net> on Aug 28, 1997