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Dec 4, 2008 12:38 PM

favourite tourtières

Your favourites - whether traditional meats, recipes without pork, game, vegetarian. In Montréal, of course, but someone has been looking for good tourtière in Québec City, on another thread.

This thread will be about bought tourtières or tourtières served in restaurants. I'll start up another for tourtière recipes in "Home Cooking" and announcing it here to get local input.

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  1. I don't claim to be any expert, so please feel free to take my rec with a large hunk o' salt! But I have had excellent tourtieres from Porcmeilleur at JTM. A delicious pie, they do such nice pork products.

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    1. re: moh

      I haven't tried their tourtière, but their meat is absolutely top notch. It tastes good, the meat is lean, the cuts are thick and they're really friendly. This is my sole pork supplier now and we love pork.

      1. re: moh

        I second Porcmeilleur as an excellent choice for tourtière. It is not too dry (a common trouble!) I agree that the staff is really friendly! I often ask about recommendations for supper, or cooking instructions, and their suggestions are usually spot on.

      2. Maison du Roti has about every kind of tourtiere imaginable (except maybe veggie, but that sounds like sacrilege to me), and very good.

        Their pates and cheese selection is great, too.

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        1. re: Shattered

          Shattered, the veg tourtières may be a sacrilege, but they are an option and a nice "centrepiece" for vegetarians at a year's-end holiday table. I make one when I have vegetarian guests (I've never found a very good one for sale), alongside the other which is usually some kind of game. One of the best bought ones I've ever eaten was a caribou tourtière from the restaurant Les Fougères, which is in Québec, but in Chelsea, more convenient for Ottawa/Gatineau and area chowhhounds. They seem to have replaced the caribou with bison this year.

          Tourtieres $16 (4 servings)
          $6.00 (single serving)
          Duck with orange and maple syrup
          Lamb with red peppers and goat’s cheese
          Bison with cranberries
          Salmon pie
          Wild Mushroom & Brie tart
          Chicken pot pie
          Steak and kidney pie ($18 /$8)

          don't forget the RECIPES AND TIPS on the home cooking board!

          1. re: lagatta

            Considering that i find tourtieres to usually be too dry, i LOVE duck tourtiere. I've had it only a few times, but because of the fattiness, it was just great.

          2. re: Shattered

            Has Maison du Roti re-opened? They burned down a while ago...

            1. re: FrenchPeach

              Yes, Maison du Roti is open for business.

          3. Bumping this thread for the season. I agree with the spirit of Moh about Porcmeilleur's plain pork tourtières.

            So far I'm making - and freezing - a duck tourtière - I braised the duck with a small bottle of Michel Jodoin cider.

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            1. re: lagatta

              I am a regular at Porcmeilleur and praise their pork highly but I had their tourtiere in the past year and found it dry. I had one from St Vincent last Christmas and really enjoyed it, they sell it with the dough uncooked. I think they only make them for the holidays though.

              1. re: ios94

                Well, I rebooted this thread for the year's end holidays, so we'll have to see!

                1. re: lagatta

                  I wonder if you can get duck tortiere at the duck shop in the plateau, kind of tired of the traditional one, Any suggestions for other varieties?

                  1. re: lagatta

                    Didja bump the homemade tortiere thread as well (if there was one)? I never found a store-bought to my liking...

                    1. re: porker

                      Someone on the Home Cooking board recently was looking for a moist, rich tourtiere recipe & ended up deciding on a Martin Picard recipe that I think they found on Epicurious. It looks similar to my recipe but I might try it just to see what it's like.

                      1. re: stak

                        I only ask as I like to mix it up a bit. Mrs Porker is the meat pie maker of the house (our traditional is a pork hash/potato mix). However, I'll reserve filling for a pie or two and add the likes of cayenne, or cretons seasonings, or smoked meat seasonings, etc).

                      2. re: porker

                        Will do, porker. Les Fougères in Chelsea (Quebec side of Ottawa Valley) is excellent, but a bit far for Montrealers.

                        There is definitely a tourtière thread in Home Cooking. I'll reboot it.

                        Eater, the duck pot pie is not exactly a traditional tourtière, but I take a broad view of that question. Mine are certainly spicier than traditional ones.

                        1. re: lagatta

                          Les Fougères sells some of their products at other stores
                          They list Fromagerie Atwater and Marché des Saveurs as places where you can find their stuff!
                          They are indeed very good.

                          1. re: sophie.brunet

                            Yes, I've seen them at Marché des Saveurs. See they are also available at 5 Saisons in Outremont. (don't see the other 5 Saisons in Westmount).

                            1. re: lagatta

                              Its because the 5 saison in Westmount doesnt exist anymore :p they tore it down to do some condo ... I dont know if it will reopen in the new commercial space there once the condos are done

                              1. re: sophie.brunet

                                It's supposed to reopen in the new building, the ground floor is made for a grocery store, and many residents of westmount opposed the construction of the building if 5saisons did not reopened there

                                1. re: westaust

                                  Yes, I knew that story, but thought it had been rebuilt by now. I remember the local residents insisting on saving 5 Saisons.

                2. Old thread, but I too really like Porcmeilleur for their tourtiere, and all the rest of their pork! Very high quality, and fair prices for what you get.