Evelyn Chartres Author

Tourtière

Meat Pie

There are many variants of tourtières and this one is the most iconic version. Filled with ground beef and pork, covered in crust and baked in the oven, this dish is often enjoyed with hunter sauce or ketchup.

For an added kick, add some grated cheddar cheese before the top layer of crust is added. Stuff crust tourtière?

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of ground pork
  • 1 pound of (450 g) of ground beef
  • 4 cups (940 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ cup (125 ml) of diced onions
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Using a 3 quart (2.8 litre) saucepan pour in chicken broth followed by ground meat.
  3. Heat on medium-high and stir occasionally until cooked.
  4. Remove from heat, drain then set aside.
  5. Melt butter in a pan. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent.
  6. Mix onions and garlic with the ground meat. Halve the meat mixture then fill two 9 inch (23 cm) pie crusts. Cover with crust, cut some slits so vapours can escape.
  7. Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before cutting into slices and serving.

Lobster Melt

This dish that is said to have its origins in Nova Scotia’s South Shore, home of Acadians and several fishing communities. This recipe blends lobster with cream to create a delicious filling that can be served atop fresh tea biscuits or garlic bread. For an extra zing, add a bit of grated cheddar as a topping.

Ingredients

Lobster Melt

  • 5 ounces (140 ml) of cooked lobster meat
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped fine onions
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cayenne pepper

Tea Biscuits

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons (20 g) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) shortening
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of milk

Preparation

Lobster Melt

  1. Dice lobster meat and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter on medium-high heat.  For an additional dose of flavour, substitute 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter with garlic butter.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add lobster and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Mix in flour and stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  6. Add milk and cream and stir until sauce thickens.
  7. Add salt and pepper then stir.
  8. Can be in between two-halves of a fresh tea-biscuits. For that little extra top with cheese.

Tea Biscuits

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  Add shortening in cubes and mix.
  3. Add milk, mix and knead until you have a ball of dough.
  4. Roll out dough, and flatten to ¼ inch (0.6 cm).
  5. Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter or glass.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rest.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Serve warm.

Sucre à la Crème

Sugar Fudge

Sugar fudge is a sugary dessert which can be tricky to master. Recipes online offer various methods, including the use of thermometers or precise timings.

This recipe covers the method my mother uses to make this dish a reality.  She occasionally checks to see if the fudge is ready before she pours it onto the plate.  This is likely the traditional way of making this recipe come to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1½ cups of (355 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter

Preparation

  1. Grease a dinner plate.
  2. Add cream, sugar and butter into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir constantly until mixture begins to boil over.
  4. Reduce heat as necessary to maintain boiling level without it boiling over.  Over time, the mixture will begin to thicken and reduce in size.  Keep stirring from time to time.
  5. To confirm that fudge is ready, dab a bit on a plate while saucepan is removed from heat.  Use a spoon and stir vigorously, if ready fudge will thicken and then harden.  If this does not occur, return saucepan to heating element continue reducing mixture.
  6. When mixture is ready, remove from heat and stir frequently with a spoon until it starts to harden.  When nearly ready, pour onto the plate and allow to cool.
  7. Refrigerate for about an hour, then cut it into bite sized pieces.

Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is not a dish that I grew up with, nor was it readily available in English Canada. Though over the years Tim Hortons and Starbucks have offered themed drinks and goodies based on this dessert.

This dish features a chilled creamy base with a caramelized top. While easy to make, it requires timing since you have to refrigerate the dish prior to serving. It also gives you a reason to go out and get a culinary torch!

Ingredients

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3½ ounces (100 g) of sugar
  • 17 fluid ounces (500 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of brown sugar

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 215°F (100°C).
  2. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until mixture whitens and is frothy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and cream to the bowl while whisking contents vigorously.
  4. Pour the cream into 4 stoneware cups. Bake in oven for about an hour.
  5. Let stoneware cool to room temperature then place in the fridge. Leave for 2 hours or however long it takes for contents to gel.
  6. When ready to serve, pull from fridge, cover with approximately 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of brown sugar then caramelize top using a butane torch.

Cipaille

Sea Pie

featured_cipaille_webI saw an article about Quebe’c Secret Meat Pie. Cipaille is a recipe which hails from my mother’s side of the family.  After a bit of research and I was able to adjust my mother’s recipe to be more historically accurate.  Now this recipe features six layers and uses quatre épices which is popular in French Canadian cooking.

This recipe is said to have origins from within the British Navy. It features a deep-dish pie which features three meats and potatoes.  The cloves give it a distinctive flavour which really makes this unique among my recipes.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2½ cups (590 ml) of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk

Cipaille

  • ½ pound (225 g) of porc
  • ½ pound (225 g) of beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of chicken
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1½ pounds (700 g) of potatoes
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Cut pork, beef and chicken into small ½ inch (125 mm) cubes.
  2. Mince onions and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl add pork, beef, chicken, onions are garlic. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt then knead until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Cover bowl then place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  6. Cut potatoes into cubes then set aside.
  7. Except for ½ cup (120 ml) of flour, place ingredients for the crust into a medium-sized bowl.  Knead and add remaining flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
  8. In a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot, layer half of the meat mix, layer half of the potatoes and cover with half the dough.
  9. Repeat with the remaining half of meat, potatoes and dough.  Make a hole in the middle of the dough down to the bottom of the pot.  This will allow you to monitor fluid levels.
  10. Pour chicken broth into the hole until level with upper crust.
  11. Place in oven for 5 to 6 hours.  Check levels from time to time, adding remaining broth until ready.
  12. Remove from oven and meal is ready-to-serve.