Traditional Tourtière pie consists of fragrant meat filling set in a shortcrust pastry. Well, pastry is not part of paleo universe, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go through life without enjoying all the savoury superflavourful tastes of tourtière. As it turns out, Tourtière is totally possible without the rich pastry. And if you are like me, and and can’t envision your life without this allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon flavoured delicacy, then rejoice! – you can serve the same filling in lettuce wraps for a lighter, healthier alternative to this traditional dish. You’ll not only add a fresh, healthy touch but will cut corners on prep and cooking time, without compromising on taste. This is a quick and inexpensive way to make enough for a large gathering, but it’s also easy to halve this recipe.
This light Tourtière recipe is perfect as a relatively quick and easy dinner (you can pull it off in 30 minutes), but can also be served as an appetizer at a gathering. For that purpose, if you make the filling ahead, you can cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Just before serving, reheat in a saucepan or microwave, stirring often.
Lettuce wraps can be a little tricky. I used Boston lettuce for this recipe, but you can use any other lettuce you like. Ultimately, it will be easier to work with if its a small lettuce head with leaves naturally shaped like cups. If cups don’t happen naturally, you can use toothpicks to shape the lettuce leaves into little baskets.
For sauce, feel free to go nuts and use anything your heart desires. Something with a little bit of kick would work the best to counterbalance comforting flavours of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Let me know in the REVIEW section which sauce you ended up using and how it worked out.