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Grandma Rocheleau’s Tourtière

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When I was a young boy my Grandma would come out from Ottawa every second Christmas. She would spend lots of time cooking for us, she would make different holiday treats and one dish that we would always eat on Christmas Eve, Tourtière. A French Canadian meat pie that is made from ground pork, onions, and garlic. It can be made with various types of meats but we always made ours with pork. For my version I wanted to add my favorite vegetable to it: Leeks.

I did some research on Tourtière and found that after it had been originated in Quebec, it migrated to the New England States and in coastal areas it can be made with fish such as salmon or tuna, I kind of want to try it with salmon! I think that might be an interesting dish, so stay tuned for a different post. Now back to todays dish.

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Ingredients:

1 White Onion

1 Leek

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Pounds of Medium Ground Pork

1 1/4 Cup Water

2 Pie Crusts (I used pre made crusts)

Salt and Pepper to Taste.

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In a dutch oven, combine pork, onion, leek, garlic and water; I cut my garlic into thin slices I did not use my garlic press, I find that if you chop it gets distributed more evenly. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the meet is no longer pink and the veggies are cooked. Then add Salt and Pepper (about a teaspoon of each… or as always to taste.)

Then add the filling into one of your pie crusts. Make sure that you spread the filling evenly throughout the surface of the pie while ensuring enough liquid is added. Then use the second pie crust to cover the top of the filling and press the sides of pie crusts together and close the pie up, put a few fork marks into the top of the pie. Now put it into the freezer for one day.

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Now that its tomorrow, preheat your over to 275 degrees (F) and bake for about 3 hours. The reason why you need to freeze it first and then bake it, is that this locks in the flavors and allows for the pie to be juicy and much more flavorful. You can tell that its done when the crust is golden brown and when you can see some of the juices bubbling out of the top. Remove form oven and let sit for bit to cool before serving, can be eaten with Ketchup. Serves 6-8 people. 

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This dish has so many fond memories. I remember when I was a kid, we would always eat Tourtière as our dinner on Christmas Eve. My mom and grandma would pre make them and put one in the oven, then we would go to church for Christmas Eve mass and come home and it would smell AMAZING in the house. We would sit and eat together and talk about Christmas and we would be filled with such joy from the season and the excitement of what was coming the next morning. Then we would open one Christmas Gift…. always Pajamas. We would change into our new PJ’s and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. The BEST  traditions ever! I remember now as an adult how important those memories are to me and to our family. I think its incredible that our grandma passed down this and other recipes to our family. This recipe and post is a true homage to my amazing and wonderful Grandma, Corinne Rocheleau. I know that every member of my family has had this dish, some hate it some love it, but one thing is for sure, we all share this tradition that our Grandma passed down to us. Grandma, I love you!

-Matthew {Season to Taste}

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Healthy Broccoli Salad

 

photo 1Sometimes I find that if you put Salad at the end of a name people automatically think that its healthy, which is totallynot the case. I must admit that as gross as it is one of my favorite guilty pleasures is Marconi Salad, the most unhealthy thing to eat, but that is for another post. Another one is Broccoli Salad, it really isn’t super healthy when you go pick up a box of it from the deli at the local supermarket, its packed with cheese and ham and mayonnaise not the most nutritious salad. This is salad is a great alternative to this traditional salad and is packed with nutrients and is super colorful for the holidays. Its has a lot of the same ingredients you find in most broccoli salads but this version has more kick and grains to it.

INGREDIENTS:

4 Cups Broccoli

3 Green Onions

1 Granny Smith Apple

1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries

1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

1/4 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Sunflower Seeds

1/2 Cup Pea Shoots

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt

Salt and Pepper to Taste

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Directions:

Start off by cleaning your Broccoli by soaking it in a bowl with warm salt water. Then using a cheese grader, grade your apple (with the skin on) and set into a large bowl (you will find that it will begin to brown fairly quickly… thats fine) then thinly slice your green onions. Now in the same bowl measure out your almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and cranberries. Your Broccoli should be clean by this point, give it one last good rinse then in a second bowl begin to cut into small pieces. We are now going to blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2 minutes then rinse under cold water. Once drained add to the bowl with the rest of your ingredients and mix well.

In a second bowl add the lemon juice, honey, yogurt, and salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and mix very well and make sure that all the ingredients are covered then add the pea shoots and mix again. (I decided to cut off about 1/2 an inch of the pea shoots stem just to a bit more consistent with the size of my broccoli pieced). Then serve! This dish serves 4-6 people as a side dish.

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I am very excited about this recipe, I needed to bring a side dish to a holiday potluck and was asked to bring a salad. I didn’t really feel like bringing a simple mixed green salad with other vegetable. Too basic in my mind. I also wanted to bring something that was festive in color and ingredients. By adding the pea shoots it gives a slight peppery bite to it which I find adds a great flavor.

I think that by removing the traditional ham, cheese, and mayo you will find that there is still a great amount of flavor and crunch with the added seeds and nuts. Also, using honey gives it a sweet flavor that pairs very nicely with the broccoli and the cranberries.

TRY IT!!!!

-Matthew {Season to Taste}

 

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