Tourtière is a hearty and savory meat pie generally made of ground beef, pork or veal. Hailing from the French-Canadian province of Quebec, tourtière is traditionally served during dinner on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The popularity of this down-to-earth pie spread across the Great White North, with generations of French-Canadian families also enjoying the pie in the Maritime province of New Brunswick, and in New England in the northeast pocket of the US.
Depending on the region the recipe is served, the pie filling is likely to change to account for the availability of local ingredients. For example, in coastal areas, various fish such as salmon are generally substituted in place of red meat or game. Tourtière can also be accompanied by gravy, cranberry sauce, chutney or other regional sauces.
In what tastes like a match made in heaven, the warm, aromatic spices of ginger, allspice, clove, cinnamon and black pepper utilized to create this recipe’s earthy terpene profile pair impeccably with Hash Plant.
A powerful 90 percent indica strain, Hash Plant was first produced in the Netherlands and is known for possessing powerful medicinal qualities.
This strain is a bit of a creeper, so be advised to dose accordingly so as to not feel too overwhelmed. When taken at the proper level, Hash Plant is the perfect strain to pair with this hearty dish of Canadian comfort food. And after your belly is comforted, you will be lulled into a hypnotic narcotic body buzz that will wash away all joint aches and pains. Say goodbye to insomnia, as this is a surefire way to relax your body and mind into a deep sleep after a long day of family festivities.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- 2 organic premade pie crusts
- 1 pound organic free-range beef
- 1 pound organic free-range pork
- 1 egg
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup mashed organic potatoes with skins
- 3/4 cup organic low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon Hash Plant olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Step 1: In a large 5-quart sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions, then pan-fry until translucent. Add the ground beef and pork to the pan, cook for 10 minutes while stirring.
Step 2: Add the cornstarch slurry, vegetable stock, ground spices and mashed potatoes to the meat mixture. Thoroughly mix until incorporated and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Be careful ingredients doesn’t stick to bottom of the pan and burn. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Step 3: Removed from heat and cool completely. Then transfer to the refrigerator until fully chilled.
Step 4: Line a 9-inch glass plate with one of the pie crusts. Spoon in the chilled meat and pat down to fill entire pie pan. Using your fingers, dip in water and brush the rim of the dough. Place the second crust on top of the meat-filled crust and press the edges together to completely seal the pie. You can also crimp the dough edges together for a fancier-looking pastry.
Step 5: Make an egg wash with the egg and water. Brush over the top of the pie and around the edges. Cut a steam vent in the middle of the pastry.
Step 6: Place the pie into the middle of the oven and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 55 minutes. Pull from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Yield: 6 medium-sized slices.
Dosage: Make your Hash Plant olive oil with 7 grams per 1/2 cup. The strain should test around 19 percent of THC. This will yield a dosage of 27.7 mg per slice.
Alternative Strain Suggestion
Cannabis strains that possess earthy, sandalwood and spice terpenes and flavonoids will greatly complement tourtière. The following would be ideal if you didn’t have access to Hash Plant:
- Hindu Kush: Earthy and potent pure indica that promotes a feeling of mental haze.
- Maple Leaf: Another pure indica, this one offers a powerful body high.
- Headband: Creamy-tasting classic hybrid that will offer the consumer a feeling of euphoria and creativity.
- Harlequin: A relaxing and musky sativa-dominant strain.
- Spice: An even sativa-indica split that’s likely to leave you couch locked.
- Hashberry: Indica leaning with a cerebral high that’s likely to leave you sleepy and hungry.
If you can’t find these strains, don’t panic, just follow your nose and taste buds to an earthy, peppery strain that will complement the dish. Keep in mind that the THC percentage of another strain will be different, so remember to dose accordingly.