Classic Embutido (Filipino-Style Meatloaf)

The Filipino version of meatloaf. The classic Embutido is a big favorite for parties, holidays and any special gathering. Can be served warm or cold. Simply serve with sweet chili sauce or even plain ketchup! Delicious and tried and tested!


Did you know that “Embutido” is the generic term for “sausage” in the Spanish language? I just learned this recently as I was doing some research on our latest post. I knew that the Pinoy Embutido was something based on a Spanish dish because we have been colonized by Spain for nearly 400 years so obviously we have a lot of Spanish influence in our cuisine.

I also thought that the Filipino version was really just a twist on the regular meatloaf – just shaped in the form of a log. After all, it has ground meat and some bread crumbs added, too. But now I have some assumptions on why that is the shape of our Embutido and why we use pork instead of the usual ground beef. Perhaps because it was originally based on a Spanish sausage but somehow has evolved into a meatloaf… Now if you wish it to be more sausage-like rather than a meatloaf, I suppose you can remove the breadcrumbs. 🙂

Nonetheless, the Filipino version is usually encased in aluminum foil rather than a loaf pan to retain its shape while it’s being cooked. In the Philippines, where not everyone has an oven, the Embutido is usually steamed. My mom often uses this style of cooking but since I am here in the US I just bake it.

As you can imagine, there are many variations of Embutido. This is what I often use as my guide when I make one. Feel free to adapt this recipe to your own liking. Often, I get pre-seasoned ground pork so I don’t add as much salt so feel free to adjust it to your taste. My mom never measures her embutido like most cooks in the Philippines; she eyeballs it. However, to avoid guesswork and make sure that the embutido tastes the way you want it to be – this is my tip – after mixing all the ingredients together, take about a teaspoon of the meat mixture and then fry it in a little oil. My mom does this all the time. Taste it and then tweak if necessary, adding more seasoning if needed. If you have reached the desired taste, wrap it all up and then steam or bake.

In the Philippines, this is a typical party food so it’s served warm, at room temperature, or even chilled. In our house though, after it’s been cooked and left to cool – we like to fry it in a little oil before eating it to give it some nice brown crust and more flavor! Serve it with some ketchup or even some sweet chili sauce. Enjoy this Filipino specialty. 🙂

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What are the INGREDIENTS for Filipino Classic Embutido?

  • Pork – ground or minced. Ground beef or a combo of minced meat may be used too.
  • Egg – lightly beaten
  • Soy Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce – adds extra flavor to the meatloaf.
  • White soft bread – torn into small pieces (or 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs)
  • Milk
  • Raisins – adds a slight hint of sweetness that makes this meatloaf delicious.
  • Carrots – finely chopped
  • Jar of Pimientos – diced
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Vienna Sausage or Hotdogs (optional)

How do you make  Filipino Classic Embutido?

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except for the sausages or hotdogs.

Divide the mixture into three parts. Get the aluminum foil and place 1/3 of the mixture on it. Spread it and place the sausages or 1 hotdog on top of it. Repeat with the remaining ground mixture.

Roll the meat into a log.

Twist both ends of the aluminum foil until sealed tightly. This mixture makes about 3 pork logs.

Bake at 350 F for about an hour. Note that some liquid from the meat may come out of the foil while baking – but that’s fine.

Take the pork logs out of the oven and let them cool completely before slicing each diagonally. You can serve these cold, warm or room temp. These can be frozen, too. We fry the slices in our house before we eat them and always serve them with a sauce like ketchup or even sweet chili sauce. These are a great party finger food, too.  Enjoy!

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Classic Embutido (Filipino-Style Meatloaf)

The Filipino version of meatloaf. The classic Embutido is a big favorite for parties, holidays and any special gathering. Can be served warm or cold. Simply serve with sweet chili sauce or even plain ketchup! Delicious and tried and tested!

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Filipino, South East Asian
Keyword classic embutido, embutido in the steamer, embutido with sausage or hotdogs, how to cook embutido in the oven, how to make embutido in the oven
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 people (for 3 logs)
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork, (see notes for other meats to use)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, the seasoning sauce adds more flavor but you can opt to just increase the amount of salt instead if you don’t like using either of the sauces.
  • 2-4 slices white soft bread, depending on the size of the slice, torn into small pieces
  • ÂĽ cup milk, or as needed to have a good sticky mixture
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 oz jar of pimientos, diced
  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • a few pieces of canned Vienna Sausage or 3 Hotdogs, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, if you are using the baking method. If you plan to steam, prepare the steamer or double boiler.

  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except for the sausages or hotdogs. Divide the mixture into three parts.

  3. Get the aluminum foil and place 1/3 of the mixture on it. Spread it and place the sausages or 1 hotdog on top of it. Repeat with the remaining ground mixture.

  4. Roll the meat into a log.
  5. Twist both ends of the aluminum foil until sealed tightly. This mixture makes about 3 pork logs.
  6. Bake or steam for about an hour. Note that some liquid from the meat may come out of the foil while baking or steaming – but that’s fine.

  7. Take the pork logs out of the oven and let them cool completely before slicing each diagonally. You can serve these cold, warm or room temp.

Recipe Notes

TIPS & TRICKS

This is traditionally made with ground pork but ground beef or a combo of ground meat can be used too.

After cooking the completely cooled meatloaf  logs may be frozen, too.  This makes 3 good size logs so you can freeze any piece you don’t intend to serve right away. Whenever you’re hungry, you can simply take one out, defrost, and then either microwave or fry to reheat.

We fry the slices in our house before we eat them and always serve them with a sauce like ketchup or even sweet chili sauce. These are a great party finger food, too. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Embutido (Filipino-Style Meatloaf)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 913IU18%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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16 Comments

  1. June 9, 2013 / 3:28 am

    that looks really good. Love the whole sausage in it. Cheers

  2. June 9, 2013 / 10:44 am

    Thank you for posting this. I made Picadillo Beef a few weeks ago with raisins and it made me think of this dish. Since then I've been craving it so you answered my craving. 🙂

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    • August 8, 2013 / 7:34 am

      That's wonderful Tabitha. I love Raisins, too!

  3. June 10, 2013 / 3:34 am

    My mom cooks this too! I love it when hotdog is used and yes, frying it for a while before eating does bring out the flavor more! Although I have not made it with breadcrumbs. Might have it a go!

    • August 8, 2013 / 7:36 am

      I think every Pinoy Mom has their own yummy version. Thanks, Micole.

  4. October 19, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    EMBUTIDO IS NOT SAUSAGE, EMBUTIDO IS EMBUTIDO , IM SPANISH, AND THE WORD EMBUTIDO CAMES FROM “EMBUTIR´´ ….

    • Anonymous
      January 12, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Who cares!!! It's a good recipe! Embutido refers to cold meats so can be a number of things.

    • January 12, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you! This is a Filipino food and granted that we borrowed the word from Spanish – this is how it evolved in the Philippine cuisine. Please enjoy! 🙂

    • Anonymous
      April 21, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      @ Sergio – So passionate about embutido you need to yell? Embutido means "stuffed", as in, like a sausage… go to a translation site and rant over there, this is a food site and your comment does nothing for this delicious recipe!

  5. April 18, 2016 / 4:28 am

    Hi! I tried this yesterday but with hard boiled eggs and sweet blend ketchup. It tasted great! My concern is the firmness of my embutido. It is not soft nor breaks down when being sliced. I just want the embutido to look firmer. Any tips?

    PS. I will try your special fried frice next Sunday.

    • May 27, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      Hi Maria! The best thing is to cut the embutido once it's cooled down preferably right out of the fridge. That's what my MOM always did. If it's cold it won't break down. Thereafter you can reheat it by frying in a little oil or serve sliced in room temp. Hope that helps.

  6. Anonymous
    February 27, 2017 / 6:06 am

    Hi.. everytime i preheat or fry it would break any suggestion on how to make the embutido firm

    • February 28, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Cut the embutido in slices and fry immediately while it is still cold (like straight from the fridge). That's what my Mom does so they don't break up. There may be a few crumbs here and there but it should help retain the shape.

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