This Keto Tourtiere is an adaptation of the classic Canadian pork pie that I’ve been making with my grandmother for years. Low carb and gluten free, but nobody will mind because it’s so delicious and satisfying!
Every fall back in CT, my grandmother and I would make lots of Tourtieres (French Canadian Pork Pies) together to keep in the freezer for special occasions throughout the year. I wrote a post about it a few years back, and shared our family recipe.
Since then I’ve gotten lots of requests from people for a low carb and gluten free Keto Tourtiere recipe.
Well I finally got around to making a low carb and gluten free version that you and I can eat without going off plan. Don’t tell my grandma but Mr. Hungry thinks it’s even better than the original! Shhhh….
If you’ve never had a Tourtiere it’s a meat pie typically made with ground pork, mashed potatoes or ritz crackers for filler, and fragrant herbs and spices like sage, allspice, cloves, etc.
It has a very distinct and comforting flavor and texture that I have loved since my childhood. My grandmother has always served her tourtiere with manzilla olives on the side, and their tangy brininess perfectly complements the savory pork pie.
For me that’s the only accompaniment a good Tourtiere needs (maybe a salad if you’re having it as a main meal rather than an appetizer,) but I have seen people peel off the top and load it up with ketchup.
If you try that at my house I will cut you. That is all.
For the crust of this keto tourtiere I used a variation on the low carb crust for my low carb chicken pot pie. That one uses cheddar cheese in it but I didn’t want a strong cheese flavor in this – so I substituted mozzarella. It works great and tastes amazing, but if you don’t get it fully incorporated it will cause cheese freckles in the dough as seen above.
For that reason I recommend using a block of full fat mozzarella that you grate yourself, rather than the pre-shredded stuff which is coated with starch and won’t melt right.
Even with the cheese, this – like most gluten free pie crust recipes, is on the fragile side. It’s a pain to work with but the results are worth it. That being said if you have a go-to low carb and/or gluten free pie crust recipe that you like, then you can absolutely go with that for this recipe.
To make this Keto Tourtiere filling low carb, I used pureed cauliflower in place of the traditional mashed potatoes that my grandmother uses. I wasn’t sure how it would work out when I first tried it, but the slight sweetness of the cauliflower actually adds a depth of flavor that the potato-based pork pie doesn’t have. It’s fantastic!
Mr. Hungry, a sworn hater of cauliflower LOVES this filling and that is a miracle in itself.
Together, the crust and meat filling in this keto tourtiere combine to make a truly comforting and sublime flavor and texture that is sure to be a hit with the entire family!
It’s almost worth waiting the whole year for!Print
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