Meatless Tourtière with Chickpeas and Mushrooms

I don't like mushrooms. Yep, I'm one of those weird people. You see, I don't like the texture of mushrooms. If they are sliced and diced and cooked (very cooked), then I am ok. I can have a Cream of Mushroom soup with no problems, I can have a clear mushroom soup. I can even have them in a sauce, as long as they are finely diced, but whole? Nope, I just don't like them at all. So, when I saw this recipe, where mushrooms are finely processed into an almost paste, I thought that it's something I'd like and I wasn't mistaken. Although my boyfriend (who adores mushrooms in any form) said that the pie turned out to be very "mushroom-ey", I didn't taste them at all, so that's a big plus for me. I was a little worried about the dough, but it tasted wonderful. So perfect, in fact, that I think I'll be using it in the future. It's going to go really well with traditional apple pie in the fall.


recipe adapted from Ricardo magazine volume 3 number 1


  • White mushrooms - 1 lb (454 g)
  • Chickpeas, rinsed and drained - 1 can (540 ml/19 oz)
  • Onions, chopped - 2
  • Garlic, chopped - 4 cloves
  • Olive oil - 45 ml (3 tbsp)
  • Vegetable stock - 50 ml (1/4cup)
  • Dijon mustard - 60 ml (4 tbsp)
  • Nutmeg - 1 ml (1/4 tsp)
  • Salt, pepper


  • Unbleached all purpose flour -500ml (2 cups)
  • Salt -2.5 ml (1/2 tsp)
  • Water - 60 ml (1/4cup)
  • Maple Syrup - 15 ml (1tbsp)
  • Canola oil - 125 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Oil for brushing

- In a food processor, finely chop the mushrooms. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Coarsely chop the chickpeas in the food processor. Set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, soften the onions, and garlic in oil.
- Add the mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the vegetable stock, mustard and spices.
- Simmer until the stock has evaporated.
- Add the chickpeas and mix well.
- Adjust the seasoning. Set aside.

- With the rack in the bottom position, preheat the oven to 180C (350F)

- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Set aside.
- In a measuring cup, combine the water and honey.
- Add the oil.
- Pour over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork until flour is just moistened.
- Shape the dough into 2 discs about 2.5 cm thick.
- Roll out each disk between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
- Line the 23 cm (9 inch) pie plate with one pastry round.

- Spread the filling evenly in the pie shell.
- Cut a few slits in the second round, then cover the filling.
- Seal lightly by crimping the edges of the pastry using a fork or your fingers. brush with oil.
- Bake for about 55 minutes.


- I served it with Spicy Apple Jelly (store bought), the combination of sweet, salty and spicy worked really well with this tourtiere.

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Posted on March 19, 2009 and filed under Recipe.