Embutido is one of the dishes that we don’t usually eat at home when I was a kid. My mom prefers to make meatloaf, which is actually more special, and it’s the one that she serves in her catering business. However, I got tired of eating it after so many years and I get excited every time my uncle would come for a visit and cook embutido and leche flan for us before going back to the province.
Around three years after moving here to Singapore, I had a deep craving and obsession for embutido. I tried so many recipes and I am very happy that after a year of searching, I finally found and developed the best for my taste buds!:) Everyone who tried it liked it so far except for my older son who doesn’t like raisins. I tried making him one without raisins but it was not nice so we agreed that I’ll segregate some for him with less raisins and that he’s free to take it out before eating.
This is actually a recipe for the classic embutido and you can steam it if you like but if you read some of my posts, you’ll know that I prefer to spend as little time as I can in my kitchen but still serve yummy food for the family.
I was having a lazy day when I was preparing it one day, so instead of steaming, I decided to put it in a pan and bake it…hmm…not bad! In fact, it’s yummy! I’ve baked it for the past two times that I’ve made it now and maybe a few months from now, I’ll be steaming it again for variation.
Just a note, if you have leftovers and want to serve it again, it’s best to take it out from the fridge and leave for a few minutes at the counter without doing any heating. I find that the taste change after heating in the microwave or pan frying. Please also take note that if you do plan to steam it, it’s also nice to pan fry the leftover….it tastes better!
Last note, you can make a big batch and freeze.
Embutido (Serves: 6)
- 1 Kilo ground pork/chicken
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
- 2 eggs (raw)
- 1 cup cheese, grated
- 1 cup red bell pepper
- 1 cup green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup onion
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 1 1/2 – 2 tsp salt
- 1 – 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Mix everything and fry or microwave a small piece to check and correct seasoning.
- Put in loaf pans or sheet pan and bake at 180C until cooked or a bit golden brown on top (around 45 mins-1 hour).
- Slice into serving pieces.
- Place mixture (around 1/2 cup) in precut pieces of foil, form into logs and secure the ends.
- Place in steamer and steam for 1 hour.
- Let cool then slice and serve.