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Pork Embutido with Cheese

This is the BEST EMBUTIDO ever! Made with ground pork, cheese, and vegetables. It’s moist, tender, and packed with flavor. This truly puts me in a merry Christmas mood!

Pork Embutido on a plate

Embutido Recipe

Embutido is a Filipino style meatloaf shaped like a log that is either steamed and bake until thoroughly cooked. It is oftentimes pan-fried to add color to the outer skin before finally being served into slices. Much like lumpia, it is often served at Filipino parties and gatherings but most especially on Christmas Eve or Noche Buena.

Ingredients of Pork Embutido

Embutido Ingredients

  • Ground Pork – for moist and tender embutido, ground meat with fat is recommended.
  • Vegetables and aromatics –  classic vegetables for Filipino meatloaf are carrots, red and green bell peppers, raisins, garlic, and onions. It’s the bell peppers aroma that gives Embutido its distinct Christmassy smell.
  • Pickle Relish – what makes Filipino meatloaf unique is its sweet and slightly tangy flavor that comes from pickle relish.
  • Milk – this adds extra moisture and makes the ground pork even richer.
  • Egg and Bread crumbs – these two acts as a binder so the meat won’t crumble when you slice into them.
  • Cheese – the secret to the best tasting Embutido. I love the depth of flavor it gives to the dish. So so good!
  • Filling – Whole boiled eggs and sausages. Optional but makes the embutido extra pretty.
Embutido mixture on a foil

How to make Pork Embutido

  •  Spray or wipe foil with oil to prevent the meat from sticking.
  • Do a taste test before wrapping the mixture. Scoop a small portion and fry in a pan with hot oil. Adjust seasoning accordingly.
  • You can omit the hard-boiled eggs and sausage. It will still taste the same. Promise!
  • Use slices of white bread as an alternative to breadcrumbs. Cut it into small pieces before adding to the egg and milk mixture.
  • Chill the cooked embutido for a few hours or overnight before slicing to prevent it from crumbling.
  • To freeze the cooked embutido, unwrap from the foil and place it in a freezer-friendly container. It should be good for a maximum of two weeks.
  • To reheat, defrost 1 hour before cooking and fry in a pan with hot oil until all sides are brown.

Pork Embutido Cheese Recipe

The smell, taste, and aroma of Embutido never fail to put me in a Chrismas mood. In fact, my most favorite part is having the leftovers for breakfast the next day. It’s so good with fried eggs and garlic rice (a.k.a. EMBUSILOG).

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Pork Embutido with Cheese

Recipe Video Above. This is the BEST EMBUTIDO ever! Made with ground pork, vegetables, and cheese. It’s moist, tender and oh so flavorful!
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Servings: 5 -6 small rolls
Author: Mella
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Equipment

  • 6 pcs Foil - size 11Wx25L

Ingredients

  • 700 grams / 1.5 lbs ground pork
  • 1 large carrots (grated)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (grated)
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper (minced)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (minced)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt (add more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper (add more if needed)
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Binder

  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk (or whole milk)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
  • 2 small eggs

Fillings (optional)

  • 5 small hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 pcs sliced sausage

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all binder ingredients. Mix until just combined. In another large mixing bowl, combine the rest of the embutido ingredients (except for the filling) then pour the binder ingredients. Mix everything together by hand or a large spoon. Do a taste test by frying a small amount of the mixture in hot oil. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
  • To assemble, grease foil with oil to prevent the meat from sticking. Spread 1 cup of the meat mixture on the aluminum foil. Flatten and form into a rectangular shape making sure there's space on all sides, more at the top.
  • Arrange slices of egg and sausage in the middle (see photo). Carefully roll into a log, apply pressure. Be sure that the meat is completely over the fillings and there isn’t anything sticking out. Twist both sides tightly.
  • Steam for 1 hour. Let it cool completely and chill before removing from the foil. Slice into pieces before serving. You can also pan-fry in hot oil to brown the outer skin before slicing and serving. Serve with ketchup or sweet chili sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • Worcestershire sauce can be substituted with tomato ketchup. Use 2 tablespoons.
  • Filling: you can omit the hard-boiled eggs and sausage. It will still taste the same. Promise!
  • Breadcrumbs: Use slices of white bread as an alternative to breadcrumbs. Cut it into small pieces before adding to the egg and milk mixture.
  • To freeze the cooked embutido, unwrap from the foil and place it in a freezer-friendly container. It should be good for a maximum of two weeks.
  • To reheat, defrost 1 hour before cooking and fry in a pan with hot oil until all sides are brown.
  • Shelf-life in the fridge is 3 to 4 days.
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Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : embutido recipe, Filipino Christmas food, filipino meatloaf
Nutrition Facts
Pork Embutido with Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 608 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 344mg115%
Sodium 1127mg49%
Potassium 654mg19%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 2998IU60%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 302mg30%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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