Christmas Eve always holds a special place in our hearts. As a child, Maria would gather with her large extended Italian family at Nonna and Nonno’s and share a traditional Christmas Eve feast, playing cards late into the evening while Donna-Marie’s British roots would have her family “visiting” grandparents and cousins in Toronto for the annual family Christmas Eve get-together. Two different cultural backgrounds, but always surrounded by family, food and fun.
Tourtière is a French-Canadian pork pie and is a traditional part of the Christmas Eve celebration. We love to make this dish every holiday season and our friend Rose Murray developed this festive appetizer version that’s perfect as a cocktail bite. Rose authored many bestselling cookbooks including “Rose Murray’s Canadian Christmas Cooking: The Classic Guide To Holiday Feasts” but it’s “A Taste Of Canada: A Culinary Journey” from which today’s recipe comes. These turnovers are best served with our Mrs Bridge's Cranberry Sauce with Port, Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce or Country Ketchup to temper the richness of the pastry.