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French Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pies

Spiced ground pork meat pies in bite size form for easy popping in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • Tart shells
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3-4 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp. cream or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a frying pan until melted.
  2. Add ground pork and fry, stirring occasionally, until cooked thoroughly.
  3. Add chopped onion, celery and garlic and fry while stirring until soft, about 5 -7 minutes.
  4. Add in the spices and mix well and continue to heat for about 5 more minutes. Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Boil potatoes until a fork can pierce through them. Drain water from potatoes, add in cream (or milk), butter, salt and pepper and mash well. Set aside.
  7. Bake tart shells on a cookie sheet as per package directions for unfilled tarts. Remove and set aside.
  8. Scoop 1-2 Tbsp. of the pork mixture into each of the cooked tart shells, so the pork mixture is just level to the top of the shell.
  9. Top each tart with a scoop of mashed potatoes.
  10. Bake mini tourtieres in preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, until warmed and the mashed potato topping is a light brown, keeping an eye on them to ensure they don't burn.
  11. Serve and enjoy!