Embutido is the Filipino style meatloaf full of simple ingredients. The combination of these ingredients creates the favorite Filipino meatloaf that embodies the festive flavors that Filipinos love. It’s largely made of ground pork, mixed with other ingredients, then steamed to perfection.
Filipinos love cooking embutido because of its rich flavors and each household has its own recipe. It’s preparation time can be considered time-consuming though so it’s largely prepared during celebrations and other special occasions. But for those who enjoy the cooking process of embutido, serving it for normal occasions and whenever just means that their meals are extra delicious.
The embutido recipe actually came from Spain and brought to the Philippines during the Spanish era, just like many other staple Filipino recipes. The original Spanish embutido is actually cured dry sausage, unlike the meatloaf Filipinos call embotido today.
Just like a lot of other dishes, the Filipinos found they like the Spanish’s embotido, modified and fused it with other influences and created the modern Filipino embotido. Filipinos love it not only for dynamic flavors but because it can also be stored for long periods of time.
The dish is so beloved that it’s impossible to go to special occasions without seeing platters of embotido slices besides a bowl of ketchup to serve as its dipping sauce. Its popularity has become so widespread that processing companies have large commercial embotido products for easy cooking.
Although, nothing beats the homemade embotido recipe along with homemade dipping sauce.
The main ingredient for embotido is, of course, pork. But other types of meat can be a substitute like chicken or beef. The meat should be grounded to easily mix with the other ingredients.
The secondary ingredients to be added with the ground meat are a selection of diced vegetables like carrots, green peas, green bell peppers, and even raisins. A lot of cooks like to experiment and add new ingredients to the mix. Finely cut onions and garlic are also added to the mixture. Slices of hardboiled eggs and slices of hotdogs are added near the end of the prepping process.
Other ingredients serve to keep the entire mixture together and to keep it from falling apart like cornstarch, bread crumbs, beaten eggs, and flour. Butter and aluminum foil is also needed during the cooking process.
How to Cook Embutido
The process of cooking embutido is relatively straightforward. Although the prepping time can take a while and the ingredients are a bit expensive added all together, it’s truly a dish made especially for celebrations and other special occasions.
In a nutshell, all of the ingredients are mixed together, spread onto the foil and steamed. That’s how embutido is cooked! Simple, right?
There is a process that needs to be followed, though. In a large bowl, you’ll need to add the grounded porn and all the other ingredients instead of the boiled eggs and hotdogs. Mixed them all until the contents of the bowl are blended.
On the spread of aluminum foil, spread the butter all over then spread half of the mixture on top. Place the slices of hard-boiled eggs and the slices of hotdogs in a row. Then roll the aluminum foil and seal both ends.
Placed the rolled-up mixture in the steamer for an hour and you’ve made embotido! All that’s left is to remove the wrap and serve with ketchup.
Other Embutido Recipes
This embutido is a slightly modified version of the recipe highlighted in this article. All of the ingredients are relatively the same except for some added cheese and ketchup incorporated into the mixture. The special sauce made from scratch makes for a delicious touch. It perfectly complements the flavors of the embutido.
This embudito recipe is quite special because it’s the first embutido recipe published on this site. I think that it’s interesting how our embutido recipes evolved and it’s always nice to look at what we started with.
With this last embutido recipe, we got a little bit fancy. We’ve mixed grounded pork and beef, added bell peppers, soy sauce, and Vienna sausages. We stepped it up a little with this one and even used an oven instead of a steamer. Truly a recipe meant for a special occasion.
Try to make this latest Special Embutido Recipe and tell me what you think.
- 400g ground pork
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 garlic, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup green peas
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 2 whole eggs, beaten
- ½ cup catsup
- 3 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- salt, to taste
- ground pepper, to taste
- 4 pcs hotdogs, sliced in half
- 3 pcs hard boiled eggs, quartered
- butter, for greasing
- aluminum foil (material needed)
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the hotdogs and hard-boiled eggs. Mix well until blended.
- Grease the aluminum foil with butter.
- Spread about 6 tbsp of the mixture on the aluminum foil. Place some hotdogs and hard-boiled eggs on the top corner of the mixture.
- Roll tightly and wrap in the aluminum foil. Seal by twisting both ends.
- Arrange the embutido rolls in the steamer. Steam for 1 hour.
- Remove the aluminum foil and slice before serving. You can also fry it if you want. Enjoy your special embutido!