Gluten Free French Meat Pie

Over 20 years ago I clipped a recipe for French Meat Pie (Tourtière) from the local newspaper and have made it many times using a ready-made pie crust (remember those days?).  Everyone loved it!  Years went by, and like many of my old recipes, this one went by the wayside along with gluten.

I’ve had a yearning for this old favorite, and so I added it to my culinary bucket list.  Here’s what I love about this recipe…

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The filling.

The most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling and shredding the potatoes then pressing out the excess liquid.  I took a shortcut and used frozen shredded hash browns; I always have them on hand in my freezer pantry.

The pie crust.

This beauty of a pie crust was made with my favorite little miracle in a bag, Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour.  If you have not tried this flour, seriously go and get yourself a bag, and be sure to use my code MGFC30 at checkout for 30% off your non-sale item!  Get the crust recipe here.


  • 2 Gluten Free Pie Crusts
  • 12 oz. lean ground beef
  • 12 oz. ground pork
  • 3 cups (9 oz.) frozen shredded hash browns, defrosted
  • 1 cup onion, cut into 1/4″ dice
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper (about 6 grinds)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. milk


Roll out the pie crusts between 2 sheets of waxed paper.

Place one crust in the pie dish.  Trim away the excess and use it to patch any holes or tears in the dough (it happens!).  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Place the other crust, with waxed paper on a baking sheet and refrigerate while you make the filling.

Heat olive oil in a deep heavy skillet over medium low.  Add the onion and cook several minutes until translucent.  Stir in the garlic and cook 30 seconds more.

Next add the ground beef and pork to the skillet and sprinkle with seasonings.  Break up the meat with a spatula and stir frequently until all of the meat is browned.

Stir in the hash browns with 2 tbsp. water and continue cooking on low 2-3 minutes longer.  Turn off the heat and let it cool 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375º.  Remove pie crusts from the refrigerator.  Fill the bottom crust with the meat mixture, distributing it evenly.

Top with the remaining pie crust, trim the edges and crimp.  It doesn’t have to be fancy (I’m definitely going to work on my crimping skills though)!

Use a sharp knife to cut slits in the top crust to vent steam.  Whisk the egg and milk, and brush over the top crust.

Place the pie dish on a baking sheet (in case anything spills) and bake 20 minutes on the lower rack of your oven.  After 20 minutes, move it to the middle rack and continue cooking 15 minutes longer.

Remove from the oven and let it rest 5 minutes, that is if you can wait!

This was SO good, just like the one I remember from years ago!  I promise your whole family will love it, and no one will know it’s gluten free!

Notes ♪♫ Convenience foods are great as long as you check the ingredients.  I used Ore-Ida frozen hash browns in this recipe, and they are labeled gluten free.

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