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Mini-tourtières with cranberries recipe

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If, for you too, Christmas rhymes with warm, cozy homes smelling of traditional home-cooked holiday fare, everyone—big and small—will love these exquisite mini-tourtières with a modern twist! In just a few easy steps, you too can serve up this must-have dish that's making the rounds at all the best tables, and that will be sure to impress everyone at YOUR table!

Hmmm? Whether you call it tourtière or meat pie...

This exquisite and original recipe will put an end to those arguments to decide who makes “real tourtières” and who makes those “imposter meat pies,” commonly called “tourtières” throughout Québec

Whether you come from Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord or the Gaspé, no one will be able to compete with you this year because this unique creation is a hands-down winner! And it doesn't matter whether you call them tourtières or meat pies: What matters most is that all your loved ones are happy!

Ingredients:

For about 12 mini-tourtières

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 500 g ground pork or veal
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. savory
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • 500 g pie dough
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Clean the work surface with Cascades TuffTM paper towels and a cleaning product.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pot and sauté the onion, garlic, ground meat and cranberries until they are fully cooked.
  3. Add the nutmeg and savory. Let cool. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and then cut out 12 circles large enough to line the moulds and 12 more smaller circles to cover the tops.
  5. Press each large circle of dough into the buttered moulds.
  6. Moisten the edges, add filling to each mould, and cover with the small circles of dough. Pinch the two pieces of dough together to create a seal.
  7. Beat the egg yolk and brush over top of each mini-tourtière.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  9. Gather the family together and tie Christmas-coloured ribbons around your mini-tourtières!

Love to bake with your little munchkins, but don't have the time or the patience? We've got you covered! We've found a few really great recipe ideas that are perfect for little chefs with small hands!

  • The Cuisinons en famille website (French only) is chock-full of realistic advice, practical tips and recipes for creating fun, simple dishes with your kids.
  • Notre famille enfant.com (French only) has a few sweet and salty recipes you can make with your kids.
  • Tête à modeler (French only) contains quick, practical recipes to help you teach your children how to make everyday home-cooked meals.

Interested, but not quite ready to take the plunge? Here are a few unbeatable tips (in French only) to pique the curiosity of your little monkeys and make them want to cook too!

And keep in mind what's most important about cooking as a family: being together, having fun and sharing good times.

So adapt the level of difficulty to the age of your child and be sure to postpone recipes that involve flour if you don't feel you want to deal with the flour mess! Children love it when you give them responsibility. So why not take this opportunity to teach them the ABCs of a clean work surface before and after cooking? It's easy when you've got Cascades TuffTM on your side! Cascades TuffTM: Always there to help!

And pouf, you're done! The work space is clean and ready for your culinary magic! You make the dough; the kids add the filling and help you pinch the sides together, making pretty designs and decorations as they go along. And voila... everyone's happy!

Enjoy cooking with your kids? Try this curried pumpkin and apple soup recipe from Cascades TuffTM.

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