Originally posted by fabulousoyster
Canadian Thanksgiving, isn't there a Meat Pie that is made for the day? Please share the recipe!
Canadian Thanksgiving food is very similar to American. We have turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Vegetables like squash, brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes are popular. Unless you make your own, Ocean Spray cranberry sauce is a staple. Stuffing recipes vary by cook, of course. We don't traditionally have things like candied yams, creamed onions, oyster stuffing. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream is a MUST!
Fabulous, you're thinking of Tourtiére, which is a spciy pork meat pie in a flaky pastry. It's eaten in Quebec for Réveillon, known as Christmas Eve everywhere else. After Midnight Mass, families gather together for eating, drinking, opening gifts, games and storytelling. No matter what kind of food is served at Réveillon (and there is LOTS) Tourtiére is always a big part of it.
The ingredients are basic - meat, onions, spices and pastry. This is a dish with historic roots and recipes are usually handed down. The only modern addition seems to be the use of ready-made, frozen puff pastry. I'm not French Canadian, so have never made it but have been to a couple of Réveillon celebrations and have had several versions of tourtiére - some less spicy, some more so. Most supermarkets also sell it at Christmas time - but it's never as good as homemade.
Here's a link to a recipe that a friend has successfully used, if you're interested: http://www.canadianliving.com/canadianliving/client/en/Food/DetailRecipe.asp?idRe=3445
Here is Alex Trebek's recipe: http://www.recipegoldmine.com/celeb/celeb72.htm
Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack the thread. It's just that when you combine two of my favourite things in the whole world, food and Canada, I get excited and tend to go on and on.
(Edited because I can't spell.)