Tourtière with Tomatillo Chutney
We're down to the final 5 in our 15 Days of Elgin Christmas. With one week left until Christmas, I hope you have been inspired to shop local this holiday season and support the growers, bakers, harvesters, and artisans that offer up the taste of home- right in our backyard.
Tourtière and Sweet Chile Sauce
For Day #11, Elgin Harvest has prepared the traditional Québécois dish, tourtière.
A savoury meat pie filled with beef, pork, potatoes and spices, tourtière is usually consumed Christmas Eve in many regions of Quebec. Depending on what area of the province you are in, many variations of the dish exist. Some are all pork, some use chopped meat, some use wild game, some never have potato, some are lightly spiced. Seeing as the dish is "peasant cuisine", tourtière was and is a hearty meal made with whatever was available. A light and flaky pastry shell is essential, and the filling is always slow-cooked to ensure a tender, flavourful pie. Served with ketchup or chile sauce, tourtière is a humble and delicious meal any time of year.
Sticking with the theme of using locally-derived ingredients in our 15 Days of Elgin Christmas, besides the spices (cinnamon, allspice, clove, pepper) and the vinegar in the pastry dough, the entire dish is made from ingredients sourced in Ontario, much of it from within the county. Meat, eggs, flour, onions, lard, herbs, and potatoes: all found right here. Supporting local doesn't just mean buying from a local seller, it also means buying and using local ingredients.
This week only, purchase two tourtières from Elgin Harvest, and you will receive a 250 mL jar of housemade sweet & spicy chile sauce as a condiment to serve with the meat pies. Ask about delivery or make a trip to the East-end of the county and pick them up at the kitchen in Straffordville. View the 2012 holiday baking list here.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.