Try this delicious and easy to make Embutido, a Filipino meatloaf made from ground pork made flavorful with onions, carrots, bell pepper, relish, and raisins. With egg and sausage filling to make it more special. Perfect for everyday or special occasions.
Embutido is the Filipino version of a meatloaf using ground pork meat. It is usually served during special occasions like Fiesta, birthdays and of course at holidays. And since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought it is about time to remind you of this classic.
The name itself has Spanish origins that refer to cured sausages but Filipino Embutido is something different. It does not need to be cured at all. Rather, it is wrapped in foil and then steamed and it is ready to eat.
Some recipes recommend baking them instead, which I've tried but I have to say that the steamed version tastes better and has a better texture than the baked one.
A special embutido have sausage and hard-boiled egg in the middle but you can leave them out and it will still taste great.
After being steamed, they can be frozen and they can last at least a month.
Embutido can be eaten cold but I personally prefer to fry them before eating served with hot steamed rice dipped in ketchup or sweet chili sauce.
One of our readers, Ann Damirez, suggested broiling it a bit in the oven after steaming it to give a bit of a char and a crisp on the outside. I think it is absolutely a wonderful idea. Then I can skip the frying part and make my life a little easier.
Embutido Recipe (Filipino - ground pork meatloaf)
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 pieces raw egg
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs or 3 pieces sliced bread cut into really small pieces
- 1 big carrot - diced (small)
- 1 big onion - diced (small)
- 1 medium green bell pepper - diced (small)
- ⅓ cup sweet pickle relish
- 3 tablespoons tomato sauce or ketchup
- ⅔ cup raisins
- 1-2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoons pepper
- 6 pieces Vienna sausage or 3 hotdogs
- 2 hard-boiled eggs - each cut into 4
- Put all ingredients, except the last 2, in a large bowl.
- Mix everything together using your hand to make sure that all is well incorporated. Set aside.
- Cut 2 pieces of aluminum foil about 12 inches long each. Take half of the meat mixture and flatten it on of the foil, covering about a half. Don't forget to leave some space at the ends, about 2 inches each side.
- Place the sausages and hard boiled eggs on the middle of the flattened meat.
- Roll the foil so that the meat forms a cylinder or log, locking the sausage and egg in the center. Twist the ends of the foil to lock.
- Steam for 50-60 minutes.