Red Lentil Meatless Tourtiere Pie is the perfect alternative to the traditional French Canadian classic.
Swapping out meat with lentils is easy and delicious. Traditional tourtiere with a twist. Who would have thought?
This was a post sponsored by Canadian #LoveLentils campaign. They graciously compensated me, however all, opinions, recipes and photos are my own.
Christmas is quickly approaching, and will be here before we know it. Have you started shopping yet?
Things do get a little crazy this time of year, especially on the pocketbook. Lentils are budget-friendly. This meatless tourtiere is a fun twist on the classic French Canadian recipe.
Shopping, baking, entertaining. Traffic jams, long lineups, and not enough hours in the day. Does this sound familiar to you? How will we survive the hectic holidays?
With the holiday whirlwind in full swing, “to-do lists” are getting longer and longer. Time is ticking and not a moment to spare. Although it is crazy busy, we all look forward to the delicious holiday foods.
Did you know you can use lentils in delicious appetizers for all those holiday parties? Green Lentil Mini Cream Cheese Balls are party perfect and so easy to make.
We also love Smoked Salmon Potato Appetizers. Always a hit at the holiday parties.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNERS
Everyone has their favourite foods to serve during the holidays. Family recipes of all kinds make an appearance during this festive time of year. Cranberry sauces, stuffing, baking and treats galore. Christmas would not be the same without tradition.
All the baking, treats, and Rum & Eggnog Lattes are always enjoyed, but our traditional Christmas Morning Sandwiches are the most anticipated meal of the season. In fact one year I was going to make something else, and my kids said Christmas morning is not happening unless they get these for breakfast.
Don’t forget to save that holiday ham bone and cook up a huge pot of pea soup. The perfect way to warm up from the cold.
I come from a Ukrainian background. Although my baba, mom and most of my aunts have now passed on, during my childhood and early adult years we celebrated 2 Christmases each year.
Talk about food. Wow, there was so much, especially when we all got together. Christmas Eve (which falls in January) was always the traditional “no meat” dinner that consisted of all the Ukrainian classics. Borscht was a MUST on the menu. Canadain butter tarts made an appearance for dessert.
TURNING TOURTIERE MEAT PIE INTO A MEATLESS TOURTIERE PIE
When Canadian Lentils asked me to take part in their Holiday 2016 #LoveLentils campaign, I immediately knew I was going to recreate this classic French Canadian dish into a meatless version. A meat pie filling without the meat!
Have you ever used lentils in place of meat? It is the perfect alternative. Healthy nutrition is easy and delicious. Each 100 gram serving of red lentils includes 27 grams of protein, 18 grams of fibre, 1 gram of fat and zero cholesterol, along with vitamins and minerals. For more info visit the Canadian Lentil website.
This easy tourtiere recipe is going against ALL rules, but so delicious. A Quebec tourtiere without meat? How can that be?
My greatest compliment from a reader last year from QUEBEC who happens to be a vegetarian. She served this red lentil meatless tourtiere to her family and THEY LOVED IT!
Here is what Rosy had to say:
I’m a vegetarian from Montréal, Québec, and I used your recipe for tourtière as part of our New Year’s Eve “Réveillon”. (ask your husband) spread. Tourtière is a traditional dish here, so it’s a tough crowd to please but everyone loved it, including non vegetarians, and it was so easy to make. We served it with traditional accompaniments like Green Tomato Chow Chow and pickled onions and beets. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe, and I wish you all the best for the new year.
MEATLESS TOURTIERE INGREDIENTS
This really is super easy to make. You will need:
- double pie crust
- cooked red lentils
- mashed potatoes
- spice blend (see the recipe below)
- avocado oil
- salt & pepper
This tourtiere recipe is so much easier to make than the traditional meat version. Bonus, use a gluten-free or vegan pie crust and this becomes a vegan tourtiere pie. How cool is that? A great addition to the plant-based diet.
Make it super easy and use a FROZEN pie crust. I did!! I do love homemade crust, but let’s be honest, MOST people hate making pie crust.
Savoury Turkey Veronique Rustic Meat Pie has a really simple homemade crust. This is another French meat pie that incorporates ground turkey, white wine and grapes. A great idea for the holiday brunch menu.
I also LOVE this *(affiliate link) silicone pie plate. Makes for easy serving.
PREPARING THE TOURTIERE
Red Lentil Meatless Tourtiere Pie is a healthy version of the original, with my take on spices and seasonings.
Here is what you do:
- Rinse lentils and cook to desired doneness (be sure not to salt them till after they are cooked).
- Cook and mash the potatoes.
- Chop and cook the onion.
- Mix the cooked lentils, cooked onion, mashed potatoes, and seasonings.
- Place mixture into the pie shell, add the top crust and bake.
FRENCH CANADIAN TOURTIERE HISTORY
My husband grew up in Quebec during his early years. Tourtiere is a classic French Canadian meat pie. It is referred to as Christmas eve tourtiere.
I had never heard of it until he introduced me to it. If you have never had it, I will tell you it is truly delicious.
Just like other cultures, tourtiere just as many secret family recipes as Ukrainians have perogies and cabbage rolls. There is some interesting history on this classic dish.
Did you know:
- There are LOTS of secret family recipes for tourtiere in Quebec (and they don’t like to share their secrets).
- The tourtiere SPICE BLEND is the key (hence the secret). It consists of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.
- Tourtiere is usually made with meat (pork, beef and veal).
- Baked in a flaky double crust.
- It can be made with salmon or trout.
- Traditionally served on Christmas Eve at Réveillon (a late-night feast after midnight mass).
WHAT TO SERVE WITH TOURTIERE
Since this is a very hearty dish, you really only need a few simple sides.
- cranberry sauce
- pickled beets
- pickled onions
- dill pickles
Why not start a new tradition in your house with this Red Lentil Meatless Tourtiere Pie. Replacing meat lentils is easy, delicious and healthy!!
What are some HOLIDAY TRADITIONS in your house?
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Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere Pie
- 2 pie crusts (I used frozen double crust/thawed
- 4 cups cooked red lentils
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (cooked)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil (to cook the onions)
- Turn oven to 375º F.
- Rinse and cook lentils according to package directions (I used 1 cup dry to 3 cups water) ***salt after cooking***.
- Drain in metal sieve, and mash slightly. Set aside.
- Cut, cook and mash potato. Set aside.
- Cook chopped onion in about 1 tbsp. of oil until translucent. Set aside.
- Combine lentils, potato, onions and seasonings in a bowl.
- Place mixture into the bottom pie shell.
- Cut some slits (or pretty cutouts in the top crust).
- Wet the edges of the bottom crust with water, place on top crust and press to seal.
- Bake in oven for approximately 50-60 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing.