Perfect for Noche Buena or as a Christmas offering, it’s not hard to understand why Embutido is a Christmas tradition in most Filipino homes. Read on to learn more about the Christmas dish along with yummy must-try recipes.
The Story of Embutido: Sausage or Meatloaf?
The Filipino Embutido’s origin dates back to when Spain colonized the Philippines. It was introduced as one of their sausage recipes which included Chorizo and Longaniza. Over time, the traditional Embutido was gradually modified to suit the Filipino taste and preference, resulting in the meatloaf form that it takes today.
Embutido, the Philippine version of meatloaf, is made out of ground pork, eggs, onion and carrots, sausages (or hotdogs) and boiled eggs. These ingredients are mixed together, and shaped into logs or rolls with the sausages or the boiled eggs kept whole in the center. In its earlier versions, the meatloaf is wrapped with banana leaves. They are then cooked by steaming before slicing and serving.
Embutido Recipes for Inspo
Today, embutido continues to evolve. And it will continue to do so, because it’s so easy to add your own touch and tweaks. For inspiration, or if you’re looking for ways to serve embutido differently this year, check out these recipes.
While the usual recipe uses pork, playing up your choices for meat is definitely something you can do with embutido. Here’s one recipe that trades the traditional pork for chicken.
For the embutido
- 1 kg. ground chicken
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 pc. egg, slightly beaten
- 1 pc. small onion, diced
- 4 pcs. sausage, diced
- 1 pc. small carrot, diced
- 2 pcs. pickles, diced
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 1 pc. chicken broth cube, mashed
- ¼ cup liquid seasoning
For the sauce:
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 250g Italian-style tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 pc. chicken broth cube
- Ground pepper, to taste
- Ready steamer and fill halfway up with water. Put over heat and wait for it to boil.
- In a bowl, combine ground chicken with diced onions, sausage, carrot and pickles. Mix in raisins, as well. Make sure every ingredient is well distributed in the mixture.
- Mash chicken broth cube before adding into the meat mixture with egg, flour and liquid seasoning.
- Once the meat mixture is well-mixed, divide it into 4-5 portions. Shape each into a log and wrap by rolling each one over a sheet of aluminum foil. Make sure to crimp and fold each end.
- Lay embutidos into your steamer and steam for about 40 minutes or until fully cooked. To check if it’s cooked, pierce the foil with a knife.
- For the sauce, saute garlic until slightly brown. Pour in tomato sauce, water and chicken broth cube. Let it simmer and season to taste.
- To serve, unwrap embutido and slice. Plate and pour sauce over slices.
Another way to serve embutido is to pan-fry an unwrapped roll before slicing it into pieces and serving with sauce.
Embutido with Mushrooms
Apart from switching up your meat, you can also play with taste and texture by adding more ingredients. Try out this embutido recipe, enriched with boiled eggs, pickle relish and mushrooms for extra bite and flavor.
- 1kg ground pork
- 6 pcs. hotdogs, halved lengthwise
- 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- ½ cup sweet pickle relish
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 2 raw eggs
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup red bell pepper, minced
- 1 cup green bell pepper, minced
- 1 ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup carrots, minced
- 1 cup onion, minced
- 1 cup Mega Prime Mushrooms Pieces & Stems, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- Combine ground pork and bread crumbs. Break raw eggs and add it in. Add carrots, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, pickle relish, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly before adding in raisins, tomato sauce, salt and pepper.
- Scoop the meat mixture into a sheet of aluminum foil. Flatten it into one whole layer.
- Place the sliced hotdogs and boiled eggs alternately in the middle of the meat layer. Once done, lock the edges of the foil.
- Place in a steamer and leave it to cook for 1 hour.
- Chill before slicing and packing for delivery.
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