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Cipaille (Meat Pot Pie)

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“This is a family recipe shared by a friend and work colleague. It is a French Canadian traditional recipe called either Cipaille (pronounced sea-pie) or Ci-Pate, that originated from the Gaspé region. This dish was also a favourite at our extended family gatherings and was always something that was eagerly anticipated. It is filled with marinated meats, vegetables spices and broth and typically served with a homemade coleslaw or as a side dish for Christmas. The rule of thumb is err on the side of more rather than less.... And for an extra flavour and tenderizing, add red wine to the meat while marinating.”
3 litres

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. At least 24 hours in advance, remove bones from meat and cut into cubes of 1.5 cm (include fat, pork and beef) and mix the meat, onion and spices, the first savory, salt and pepper and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Make the broth by combining the skin and bones off the chicken, the bones of the meat, 3-4 liters of water, vegetables and seasonings in large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 2 hours. Strain the broth and refrigerate.
  3. In the morning, prepare the dough: Cut the shortening into the flour mixture, baking powder and salt with a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces of shortening are pea-sized. Add just enough cold water and beaten egg to form a ball. Avoid excessive handling of the dough. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes of 1.5 cm. Put them in a salt water dish to prevent darkening.
  5. In the bottom of a large pot, alternate rows of meat and potatoes (use half of each ingredient for this step) and lightly sprinkle with some of the 1/2 teaspoon dried savory.
  6. Roll out half the dough to the pot's diameter and place the disc on the last row. Even alternating rows of meat and potatoes and raises the second disk of dough.
  7. Heat oven to 250'F. Make sure the pot will fit in the oven.
  8. Using the (long!) Handle of a wooden spoon, drill a hole 2 cm in diameter in the center of the above-crust (at least break through both layers of crust). Pour the hot stock through hole and fill to the top crust.
  9. Cover and cook in low oven until the scent makes you crazy!- at least five hours (can go 7 or 8 hours). Serve with homemade coleslaw.

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