French-Canadian Pork Pie

This is a very basic French-Canadian dish. Some cooks like to doctor it with a bit of crumbled bacon or a tablespoon of tomato paste.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and minced
  • 1⁄4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 3 medium white potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1 package (14.1 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a heavy skillet, combine pork and onion. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until meat is browned. Drain off fat; stir in thyme, cayenne, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, mash boiled potatoes with potato masher. Fold in cooked pork and onion mixture; adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Place 1 crust in a greased deep-dish pie plate; fill with pork and potato mixture. Cut slits in second crust; arrange on top of filling. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.