What is Embutido
Embutido has evolved over the years, what was once a sausage dish turned into a meatloaf linked to Philippine history. As one of the colonies of Spain, we naturally inherited some of their food, language and culture. If you have visited the Philippines that would be the first thing you would notice. Like many Filipino dishes throughout history, Embutido grew to suit the Filipino taste.
Embutido became a meatloaf with a few basic ingredients, minced pork, onion, carrots, Vienna sausages or hotdogs and whole boiled eggs. This ingredients list grew as many variations were created.
My version is a recipe that my family enjoys, I usually half the mixture; I add raisins on half of the mixture and the other I don’t add raisins. This way everyone is happy!
Embutido is usually served at special occasions and Christmas. It’s normally enjoyed with some Banana Ketsup (ketchup) or sauce. This might be a Filipino thing but they do go together well and if you’re not convinced, give it a go yourself. I usually serve this as an appetiser / starter – I slice them all and put them on a big platter for anyone to pick while I continue to prepare our Christmas meal or at a party I’m hosting at home.
Let’s talk Ingredients
Let’s talk Ingredients
- Meat – I used minced pork but you can use beef or chicken too. You can even use minced turkey to keep it themed for Christmas! I have yet to find a way to make this veggie friendly.
- Vegetables – You can use any veggies you like. What I have listed on the ingredients are the basics but don’t feel like you have to use exactly the same as I did. You can also add more veggies that you like too. Cooking is so beautiful that you can add your own personal twist to it.
- Raisins – If you don’t like raisins, you can take this out or use an alternative dry fruit such as prunes, apricots or berries.
- Banana Ketsup – I made a very quick and easy banana ketchup, follow the link here to see how I made it.
As with many of the Filipino dishes, the ingredients are easy to find.
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In a large bowl, add minced pork and all the vegetables leaving the eggs and sausages on the side for later. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix them really well and leave it on the side while you prepare the foil.
On a piece of foil take a few spoonfuls of the meat mixture onto the center of the foil. Flatten it down, spreading it into a rectangle shape. Next, add a sausage at the center of the minced meat placing the eggs next to the sausages lining them up with each other.
Take each side of the foil, aligning the sides of the mince meat, gently push them together making a cylinder shape. Roll it like a spring roll, squeeze and roll it tightly twisting the sides to keep the meat inside. Do this until all of the meat mixture is wrapped.
Steam them for 30 minutes. Once cooked, leave it to cool down before serving, although you can serve them warm too. Be careful when taking them out of the steamer though as the foil gets very hot.
Embutido is best served with some Banana Ketsup (ketchup) or sauce on the side. Please find the link to the recipe above.