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Aug 1, 2006 10:50 PM

Tourtiere in LA?

Where in LA can I get tourtiere (French-Canadian pork pie)?

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  1. In Canada and in Maine but not in L.A.

    1. You might consider Café Casse Croûte in Anaheim (656 S. Brookhurst St., (714) 774-8013).

      1. It's really the kind of home cooking that I wouldn't expect to find on a menu — especially in LA where there's more than average health consciousness. Tortiére is a *wonderful* thing but neither low fat, low calorie or low carb.

        I *used* to have a fabulous recipe for it. I've been trying to replace it myself for years or I'd share it. Basically, what you're going to do is saute pork sausage and onion. Then boil some cubed potatoes (starchy like Russet is best). Combine the sausage mixture and potatoes. Add some well-wrung out spinach (naturally, fresh, lightly steamed is best). Then add enough of the potato cooking water to create enough broth to keep it from being dry. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper and fennel to taste. Now pour it into a deep baking dish that is lined with a pastry crust rolled just a little on the thick side to hold up to a heavy filling. Add a top crust and seal it well. Pierce for steam vents. Brush with whatever you like for a golden color (cream, egg yolk lightened with some milk or whole eggs). Cook in a hot oven to fully cook the crust (the contents are already cooked so you're just warming them). Let sit 15 minutes before slicing.

        Definitely cold weather fare but oh-so good!

        1. The owner of Chez Mimi in Santa Monica (26th St.) is French Canadian (I'm pretty sure). Maybe she has it on the menu in the winter. You could always ask.

          1. Soleil Restaurant in Westwood purportedly serves French Canadian meats (However I have never personally been there). Their website is