Embotido - Pinoy Meat Loaf Recipe

Embotido (also Embutido) is a pork-based meat loaf dish typically served during special occasions. I cannot remember a Christmas-New Year holiday without it.

Cooking embotido involves two steps. It's not your usual one-go dish, which is probably why it's not a daily fix in the household menu.

But all is well because this makes a very good freezer meal. You can go and spend time cooking a big batch to keep in the freezer for months.

When choosing ground pork, I prefer the regular grind versus the lean grind - just to get more juice/fat in it. As you know, more fat means more calories flavor!

I like the embotido done in logs. A variation of this dish is baked in a loaf pan, and is called the 'Hardinera'.

The loaf is sliced and fried lightly before being served. In some cases, an additional tomato-based or cream-based dressing is drizzled on top.

Each slice presents a festive treat. A mix of colors - red, yellow, black, white, pink, green - for all the different chopped ingredients added into the recipe.

There are also two ways to pre-cook the meat loaf - by steaming or by baking (before frying).

Okay, so here's my version of this dish:


Prep time: 4 | Cook time:  | Total time: 1.5

1 kilo ground pork
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
carrots, shredded
sweet pepper, chopped
pickled relish/dill, chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp bread crumbs
flour (optional)
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp brown sugar
ground pepper
4 medium eggs, hard-boiled
Aluminum foil

1. Place the ground pork in a strainer and let the extra juices drain.
2. In a large bowl. mix all chopped ingredients and seasonings.
Option: you may also place everything (except hard-boiled eggs) in a food processor unchopped, and let the machine do the work.
3. Combine ground meat and chopped ingredients. Add egg and the rest of the ingredients.
4. Cut a piece of aluminum foul about 15 inches long.
5. Place a flat layer of the meat mixture on to the foil.
6. Slice hardboiled eggs in quarters and arrange onto the flattened meat.
7. Roll the meat into a log, making sure the eggs stay in the middle portion.
8. Seal the aluminum foil wrap on the sides. It should look like a takeout burrito.
9. Next, steam or bake the logs for 30-45 minutes.
10. Let cool. Once cooled, you may place the logs in the freezer for storage.
11. To serve: peel off aluminum wrap and lightly fry.

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