Tourtiere – French Canadian Stuffing/Meat Pie

Tourtiere – French Canadian Stuffing/Meat Pie

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Tourtiere – French Canadian Stuffing/Meat Pie

SERVES: 12-16; makes 2 pies
LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!

Pie dough for 2 complete pies, bottoms and tops
Purchase Pie Dough pre made for a snap or see our house recipe (link)

For the Filling:
2 tsp. oil
1 cup celery finely chopped
1 cup carrot finely chopped
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 Pound finely ground pork
1 Pound finely ground beef
1 Tbsp. Amazing Rub
2 Large teaspoons poultry seasonings (Love Bell’s)
Fresh minced rosemary/sage/parsley is optional if available
½ tsp Pummull Spice (our house mulling blend spice)
5 potatoes, boiled/roughly mashed with a little butter and cream
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan or Dutch oven start oil with onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook to wilt and push veggies to side and add meats sprinkled with the Amazing Rub to the center of the pan. Cook until meat is lightly browned and drain most of the fat (but not all – your call!). Add poultry seasoning and Pummull Spice, here is where you could add optional herbs if desired.

Boil potatoes in large, salted pot of water – as you would for mashed potatoes. When done, drain, roughly mash – add a little butter and cream for thick mashed with a little salt and pepper to taste. Add the mashed to meat mixture. Taste and season more per your desire.

This mixture can be served as is, or in meat pies, or to stuff cored and seeded vegetables (I.E.Pumpkins).

For meat pie (our favorite) prepare standard pie crust, top and bottom, Roll, fill, cover and seal. Brush pie top with egg wash, sprinkle with a little pepper, salt and Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Best to set aside for 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Keeps, saves and reheats beautifully!

Green Goddess Yum-Yum Dressing

Green Goddess Yum-Yum Dressing

A slight tartness, countered just right with bursting seasonings. 

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman


LEVEL: Presto!

1 C Yogurt (Greek yogurt plain)
2 C Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 ½ Tbsp
Amazing Herbes

To Blend:
½ bunch Green Onions rough chopped
1 C Parsley
½ small cucumber unpeeled, chopped
1/3 lemon juiced
¼ C water
Salt (approx ½ tsp)
Black Pepper (approx ½ tsp)

In a Glass Bowl add yogurt, mayo, mustard, Amazing Herbes and Amazing Heat (to taste), set aside.

In Bullet or food processor, blend green onions, parsley, cuke and water with lemon juice. Blend into green slurry.

Add blended greens into bowl with yogurt/mayo mix and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

At this point you can up seasonings to your taste. Set in refrigerator to develop full flavors. 

OKAY – Take those salads for a ride! Enjoy!

Hilltops Black Walnut Salad

Hilltops Black Walnut Salad

The walnuts are falling along with the leaves…let celebrate with a fall flavored salad.

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Hilltops Black Walnut Salad

LEVEL: Presto!

Apple Balsamic Dressing
1/2 cup Olive Oil
¼ cup Apple Cider
¼ Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
¼ tsp
Pummull Spice
Salt/Pepper to taste

Salad Mix:
10 cups of torn red oak lettuce
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into matchstick-size strips
6 Stilton or Goat cheese rounds/slices
1 Tbls Amazing Rub (for  Black Walnuts)
½ c *Spicy Candied Black Walnuts, broken
(to candy*dip in egg white wash, roll lightly in Amazing Rub and baked in hot oven for 5-7 minutes

FOR DRESSING:  Whisk apple cider, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar in medium bowl to blend.  Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens.  Season to taste with Pummull Spice, salt and pepper.  (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.  Re-whisk before using.)

FOR SALAD:  Toss greens, apples, walnuts in large bowl to combine.  Toss with enough dressing to coat.  Divide salad equally among plates. Garnish with Stilton or goat cheese round, a few walnuts. 

Hilltops Black Walnut Salad
Amazing Eggplant Parmesans

Amazing Eggplant Parmesans

Inspiration is the Bounty of Fall, glorious purple eggplants!

You pick you favorite vegetable; our favorites are Eggplant, Cauliflower, Zucchini and Butternut Squash!  For a meatless meal that is loaded with goodness and delicious taste, the Amazing Rub makes it easy to bring the best taste to the table with “Roasted Veggie Parmesans”.

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

The Amazing Eggplant Parmesans


1 Large Eggplant
1 Tbls Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp of The Amazing Rub
Olive Oil
1 cup Pizza or Marinara Sauce
1 Tbsp Amazing Herbes
1 cup Mozzarella cheese +/- Brie Slices
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Basil leaves (optional)
Roasted Red/Yellow Peppers and Mushrooms, optional

Prepare by rinsing the Eggplant (we don’t peel), and slicing into 6- 8   ¾” thick slices.  Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper or spray with a oil spray (we do both).  Place Eggplant slices on sheet and brush each side with balsamic vinegar.  Sprinkle the eggplant on both sides with the 2 full teaspoons of The Amazing Rub Seasoning – set aside and let rest for *30- 60 minutes.  (*if you have the time this will enhance flavor, but can be prepared right away) THE RUB CARMELIZES AND ENRICHES TASTE!

Bake in 400 degrees oven for 15 minutes, then remove and turn slices…bake another 10-15 for a golden browned vegetable slice.  Add The Amazing Herbes to the one cup of sauce divided equally on all eggplant slices, top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

If you have roasted peppers and mushrooms these are a great additional topper (prepared the same way, balsamic vinegar, Amazing Rub, and a little Olive Oil)

Bake topped eggplant slices 5-7 additional minutes in oven, remove.  Optional if in season – garnish with fresh Basil leaves if desired.  Enjoy!

“Big Red” Salad

“Big Red” Salad

The “Big Red” salad is named with a nod to the best peaches that it has been my pleasure to eat, enjoy and cook with….big juicy freestone peaches. This salad is delicious and surprisingly light tasting….and it’s the perfect kickoff to a summertime dinner. Fabulous with anything off the grill.

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman


Maple Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbls. Maple Syrup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Amazing Heat
crushed coarse black pepper
Sea Salt to taste

8-10 cups fancy lettuce / half green/half red preferred
4 full green onions, sliced thin diagonally
¼ cup toasted pecan pieces (can be sugared lightly)
¼ cup raisins
1 Large *peach…firm, ripe and julienned into thin matchstick pieces
Shaved Parmesan Cheese to finish
(the peach from heaven is the “Big Red” from Mac’s Pride, *McLeod’s Farms, McBee, SC)

Toss all of the above ingredients together and coat with Maple dressing (below).  Finish with shaved parmesan cheese and crushed black pepper. A light finish of sea salt is delicious – go lightly!