Karen - Canada
Tourtiere is a traditional Quebecois dish served at Christmas time.
The standard recipies call for any combination of ground beef, pork,
lamb, or even (yikes!) venison or veal.
I started experimenting with this vegetarian version a few years
ago so that I could still enjoy this traditional yule-tide meal,
and now even my non-vegetarian relatives prefer it to the original!
Soak TVP in veggie stock (it should absorb all the liquid).
- 2 cups TVP (textured vegetable protien) granules
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 2 cups mushroom, chopped
- 2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt, dried savory, dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch cloves, pinch nutmeg
- 1/2 cup beer (or more veggie stock)
- pastry for 2 pies, tops and bottoms (made with shortening not
lard, of course)
Heat oil in a LARGE frying pan over medium-high heat.
Cook onions until transluscent.
Add mushrooms and cook a further 3-4 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium.
Add breadcrumbs and seasonings and stir.
Add wet TVP and beer/additional stock, stir, and cook until all
the liquid has evaporated but mixture is still moist.
Adjust spices to taste.
You may also need to adjust the amount of liquid depending on the
heat and the absorbancy of the TVP.
Let cool slightly.
Divide into the two pie shells.
Top with pastry lids, crimp edges, and vent.
Uncooked pies can be frozen at this point (no more than 2 months).
Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, reduce to 350 and bake a
further 45-55 minutes or until pastry is golden.
I like this all by itself, but if you want to serve it with a
sauce try a mild fruit chutney, HP sauce (if you're Canadian or
a Brit), or A1 sauce (if you're American).
Since I first developed this recipe, I've discovered a product
called "Just Like Ground" made by Yves; I believe there are other
brands out there, too.
It's essentially a ground meat replacement, already "browned."
You can use this instead of the TVP and the stock; use the equivalent
of 2 lbs worth (check the label--1 package of Yves brand is equal
to 1.5 lbs ground meat).