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Progressive Dinner Holiday Party: Main Course



Welcome to our unique way to throw a dinner party with our blog friends (some of whom we've never met).  Welcome to my space if you're hopping over from Sheila's post on her appetizer.  Our theme is Holiday Party and because Holidays means Christmas and Christmas means a whole bunch of things to me, but mostly family memories, I thought I'd show you something that we serve every Christmas, regardless if we like it or not.

La tourtière (tortière).  This is a traditional French Canadian dish that is serve Christmas Eve or New Years' Eve.  In my family, my Grandma Diehl would make them and we would have them as part of the main feast that she prepared.  It is also typically served for la réveillon which is the celebration that comes after we would get home from Midnight Mass.  That was my favourite part of Christmas: mass ending at midnight with everyone so happily hugging and kissing and wishing each other a Merry Christmas.









A common argument that happens when we eat Tourtière is whether or not you add ketchup, cranberries or maple syrup.  I'm ketchup and Dan thinks I'm wrong.  Which rarely happens because I'm always right. Muahahhaah.

I have a couple recipes to share with you today as Dan's family is also french and they have recipes passed down from his great grandmother.

[caption id="attachment_8430" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dan's Great Grandma's recipe[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8431" align="aligncenter" width="450"] My Grandma's recipe[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8433" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Dan's Grandma's recipe[/caption]

Now head on over to Lisa's blog and she'll share a dessert with you for this holiday meal.

Comments

  1. Living on Cloud Nine05 December, 2016 21:31

    First of all, love those handwritten recipes from over the years and second, this is a dish that would wow my fam..I am going to try it and tell them it's a Canadian dish and they will really be impressed. Yep, it'd be ketchup for sure at out house.

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  2. Those are some well used recipe books. This looks delicious. I'd use ground turkey though :)

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  3. I have never even heard of La tourtière but now I am intrigued :).

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  4. I have never heard of this before but it kinda reminds of shepherds pie meets chicken pot pie. I might have to give this a whirl and Finley will pretend to love it because she loves all things french haha

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  5. Yum yum yummmmmm.
    I'm getting so depressed with all the holiday blogging because we won't really have a Christmas this year. Damn you Army.

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  6. I've never had Tourtière but it looks yummy!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  7. Yum! I didn't know anything about this dish before your post. Now I have more cultural knowledge to share with my classes AND a yummy recipe!

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  8. This looks so yummy. And I love the handwritten grandma recipes - warms my heart!

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  9. What a treasure to have the handwritten recipes from both sides of your families. It means so much to see the handwriting. And, thanks for sharing - I love learning more about traditions and other foods.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  10. What treasures those recipes are. It is almost lunch time here as I am reading this post, and I would much prefer a hearty helping of this meat pie over my pb sandwich. I'll take mine with cranberries, please. That pasta and pea side dish looks pretty tasty, too. Going to be hard to be satisfied with my lunch now.

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  11. That is so wonderful that you still have handwritten recipes from your family. I know you will treasure them forever.

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  12. I love that you have so many things passed down to you! Such a great way to always keep them close to you.

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  13. […] don’t fill up on too many of these! You’ll want to head on over to Deena’s house where she will be sharing a Canadian holiday […]

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  14. Oh my goodness you all are making me drool with your fabulous recipes! This looks absolutely delicious! I need to try and make this!

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  15. Tortieres was big in my french family to. Will forever remind me of my Grandma. Though I rarely took any I liked the idea that it was there every year. And you are right, it is def ketchup.

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  16. I'm surprised you haven't heard of tortiere. It was a tradition in my family as well. Though also french.

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  17. This looks so delicious! I love that these handwritten recipes have been passed down to you!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  18. The spices are really nice with the meat, that's my fave part.

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  19. I agree- having it in their pen is the most wonderful thing.

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  20. I actually have a few framed in my kitchen.

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  21. Ya, damn you, Army. But yay for moving somewhere that I actually know where it is...instead of having to guess where you are. I actually thought this whole time you were somewhere like Louisiana (that's a Southern State, right?) But then you started talking about chips and salsa and now me thinks you're Texan.

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  22. that would be just as delicious. I should try that too.

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  23. It's a great once a year dish for a cold winter night!

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  24. Totally reminds me of a sheperd's pie too. I love that she loves all things French. Add crêpes et sucre à la crème to her list!

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  25. I love hearing the back story on this dish! How wonderful to have such a rich family tradition! And French to boot!

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  26. Oh what a great tradition to have! I've never heard of this dish before but I don't have any French ancestry so that may be why. That's the great thing about food, it can be enjoyed no matter where you come from and there's always something new to you to experience :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  27. Oh heavens....that looks delicious! Perfect comfort food on a cold night.

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