Pork Embutido is a Filipino-style meatloaf made with a festive mixture of ground pork, carrots, and raisins wrapped around slices of eggs and sausage. Steamed to perfection, they're great for everyday dinner meals as well as special occasions.
I have tweaked my pork embutido recipe many times over the years, experimenting and trying different additions (here's looking at you, liver spread) until I finally arrived at that sweet spot of flavor and texture I've been looking for. If I may, ahem, say so myself, my version of embutido is always a party hit and a frequent request of family and friends. 🙂
What is Embutido
Embutido is a Filipino-style meatloaf made with ground pork, chicken or beef, shredded carrots, crushed pineapple or sweet pickle relish, and raisins. The meat mixture is rolled around hard-boiled eggs and sausage into a cylindrical log and wrapped tightly in foil.
The foil-wrapped meatloaves are then steamed or baked in a water bath until cooked through and set. They can be served cold or lightly-fried until golden brown.
Making embutido is usually reserved for special occasions due to its somewhat involved prep process but I see no reason why it can't be enjoyed every day of the week. Not only can you easily double (or triple) the recipe, the steamed loaves will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months and can be easily reheated for a quick meal.
Once or twice a month, I roll up my sleeves, roll up a dozen or so meatloaves, and store them in the freezer to have handy when craving hits. Keeping a steady supply in the freezer has certainly saved me from having to worry about dinner on busy weeknights or when I have unexpected guests.
You can never go wrong with a few of these rolls thawing in the fridge!They're delicious paired with rice (and banana catsup, pretty please) for a satisfying dinner or sandwiched between pandesal for a quick mid-afternoon snack.
- canola oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 ½ pounds ground pork
- 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup banana ketchup
- 3 eggs, well-beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 eggs, hardboiled, peeled and quartered
- 3 pieces vienna sausages, cut into four lengthwise
- In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon of oil. Add onions and cook until softened. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, combine ground pork, crushed pineapple, carrots, sauteed onions, raisins, ketchup, beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Mix well until evenly distributed.
- On the center of a 12-inch aluminum foil, spread ⅓ of the pork mixture creating a rectangular shape.
- Arrange sliced eggs and Vienna sausages in the middle of pork mixture.
- Carefully roll mixture to form a log of about 3-inch in diameter. Wrap the foil around the meat and crimp ends of foil to seal tightly. Double wrap roll with foil. Repeat with remaining pork mixture.
- In a roasting pan, add about 2 inches of water. Arrange foil-wrapped pork mixture on a roasting rack and position rack on top of the water-filled pan.
- Bake in a 375 F oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or until juice runs clear when pork rolls are pierced with a knife. Let stand for about 8 to 10 minutes before opening foil.
- In a pan, heat about 1 inch deep of oil. Add embutido and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides. Let stand for about 3 to 5 minutes before slicing into desired thickness. Serve hot.