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Our tender and flavourful Embutido recipe is inspired by the popular Filipino meatloaf, prepared with a combination of ground pork and beef.
The traditional Filipino dish is stuffed with hard boiled eggs and brushed with a sweet tropical onion and pineapple glaze. Serve sliced with steamed rice and banana ketchup.
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What Is Filipino Embutido?
Embutido is a Philippine meatloaf typically made with ground pork and beef then stuffed with hard-boiled eggs. It can also feature sliced ham and variety of sausages.
The name of the dish in the Philippines originally referred to embutido, the Spanish word for sausage. The dish itself originates from the American meatloaf, introduced during the American colonial period between 1898–1946. This was due to the expansion of the American canning industry and the influx of processed meat and other canned goods to the islands.
The protein-packed dish is traditionally wrapped in aluminum foil and steamed, though it can also be baked in the oven. Embutido is commonly prepared during Christmas holidays, birthday parties, and other special family occasions.
Embutido is usually sliced; it can be sliced while hot, but it is more typical to let it cool at room temperature so it is less likely to break apart when slicing.
It is traditionally eaten with white rice and dipped into banana ketchup, sweet chili sauce, or onion pineapple glaze.
Travel to the Philippines by Cooking Embutido at Home
I love traveling to Asia.
My first visit had me living in South Korea for a year as a teacher and it’s where I was first introduced to fermented vegetables like kimchi.
After my contract ended in Seoul I travelled throughout southeast Asia for 6 months, visiting Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
On my first visit I spent over a month backpacking through the Philippines. Over the years I’ve explored Filipino destinations such as Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Banaue, Batad and Boracay,
What I found most fascinating is the Philippine’s distinct regional food cultures. Much like the regional cuisines found in Germany, Italy or Spain, each island in the Philippine’s had its own local speciality.
If one thing is true about Filipino cuisine it is that the country has a real love for delicious pork dishes. Embutido does an excellent job at showcasing local flavours, as smoky bacon pairs with a sweet tropical pineapple glaze.
After traveling to the Philippines share your love of Embutido by preparing this delicious meatloaf for friends and family at home. After they slice into the pineapple scented meatloaf they’ll feel like they have been transported to a beautiful beach in Southeast Asia!
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Where To Eat Pork & Beef Embutido
If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Filipino restaurant that serves a mouth-watering Embutido recipe.
Haven’t traveled to the Philippines before? It may be helpful to first sample Filipino Meatloaf at a restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can determine the ideal pork to beef ratio, how thick to slice the meatloaf and what sauces to serve at the table.
In Toronto, popular Filipino restaurants that may serve Embutido include Lake Inez, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Tinuno, Casa Manila, Wilson’s Haus of Lechon, Islas Filipino, Sampaguita Village and Lechon Republik.
My Family Loves This Homemade Embutido Recipe
I love cooking at home for my family and friends.
After island hopping in the Philippines I was keen to return home to cook Embutido for my family.
I first made this recipe on a cold winter day as a way to transport our taste buds to a hot and sunny beach like Boracay. I knew my parents would love the dish as they enjoy smoky bacon, sweet pineapple and recipes made with ground beef.
The easy recipe is a great way to use up minced beef and pork that may be loitering in the back of your freezer.
The combination of salty bacon and sweet pineapple gives this Filipino Meatloaf an addictive flavour profile. It’s honestly unfathomable to me that anyone would have leftovers!
We love serving this Embutido recipe at large family gatherings as once it comes out of the oven you can easily slice it and transfer it to plate with a scoop of steamed white rice.
Our Embutido recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Pork is an excellent source of protein and provides several important vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.
Beef is a great source of protein and minerals like iron as well as an excellent source of the amino acid L-caine. Beef also features antioxidant glutathione known for its anti-aging benefits.
Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.
Pineapple features vitamins and minerals that are known to help shorten viral and bacterial infections and strengthen bones. There’s also evidence that the tropical fruit may help prevent cancer and help fertility by improving the quality of sperm.
Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
A useful source of copper, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, sesame seeds help support circulatory, digestive and skeletal health.
Recipe Cooking Tips
This Filipino Beef & Pork Embutido recipe is quick and easy to make at home. We’ve included a few tips to ensure your first meatloaf is beautiful!
- Traditional Embutido is made with 100% ground pork but in our recipe we like to use a mixture of beef and pork. Feel free to use a combination of the two but make sure there is decent fat content so the meatloaf is tender.
- Our Embutido is slathered with a homemade onion pineapple glaze, which makes the exterior of the meatloaf sweet and tangy. You can warm up any leftover glaze and spoon it over slices of the meatloaf before serving.
- In the Philippines Embutido is always stuffed with hard boiled eggs, but can also include sliced ham, hot dogs and even raisins. Feel free to get creative with your recipe based on your families flavour preferences.
- Let the meatloaf rest at room temperature before serving. If you try and slice the dish right out of the oven the tender meat will likely fall apart.
- Serve Embutido with steamed rice, noodles or your favourite Filipino side dishes.
- Store leftover meatloaf in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat.
What To Serve with Filipino Embutido
There’s nothing more comforting than cozying up to a big plate of steaming Filipino Embutido.
The protein-packed dish offers a contrast of flavours, salty bacon and sweet pineapple glaze. The meatloaf is typically sliced and served with steamed white rice and banana ketchup.
At a dinner party pair the Filipino meatloaf with fresh Asian salads like Vegan Citrus “Rojak” Singapore Salad, Laos Papaya Salad Tum Mak Hoong, Goi Xoai Vietnamese Mango Salad, Goi Ga Vietnamese Salad and Nam Tok Authentic Thai “Waterfall Beef” Salad.
We also love this Filipino Coconut Chicken Wing Stew.
If you have leftover meatloaf you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. To reheat simply zap it in the microwave.
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How To Make Filipino Beef & Pork Embutido
Embutido Filipino Beef & Pork Meatloaf
- Mixing bowls
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- French knife
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- baking sheet
- Pastry brush
- 4 cups Cubed Stale White Bread
- 1/2 cup Whole Milk
- 1 cup Bacon finely chopped
- 1/2 lb Ground Pork
- 1/2 lb Ground Beef
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 4 Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 cup Canned Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 cup Diced Pineapple
- 1 Sweet Vidalia Onion diced
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- Kosher Salt
- In a large bowl, combine the bread and milk and let soak for 1 hour.
- Add finely chopped bacon to the bread mixture. Add the pork beef, brown sugar, and salt and mix with your hands until evenly combined. Let this mixture sit for 2 hours at room temperature.
- Meanwhile prepare the pineapple glaze. In a large saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, pineapple, onion, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Cut the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the onions soften, 20-25 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the sesame oil and blend until incorporated. Taste the glaze and season with salt if necessary.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Spread the meat mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap and pat it out into a 9×13 inch rectangle, it should be around 1/2 inch thick.
- Place the peeled eggs in a row, lengthwise, across the middle of the rectangle. Roll tightly around the eggs using the plastic wrap so you get a rolled meatloaf with eggs in the centre. Remove the plastic wrap and transfer the embutido to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake, brushing the embutido with the pineapple glaze, every 7 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 155 F, 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, slice and serve with steamed rice.
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