There's a dish in the PHilippines called Embutido. What it is a meatloaf but Filipino style. It has different ingredients but the main ingredient which is ground pork or ground beef is there. I have never made this dish before but always loved to eat some when gfriends makes them. Well, to have something different for Cinco de Mayo (we are not Mexican but we would love to celebrate with them anyways), I decided to give embutido a try. I was trying to follow a recipe but I did not have all the ingredients it requires so I just rerouted it quite a bit. So here is what I came up with.
- 1.5 kb ground pork
- 2 boiled eggs
- 2 medium shallots
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
- 2 cups gluten free salted caramel Glutino pretzel (as a substitute for bread)
- 1/2 cup chopped mushroom (I did not have raisin so I used mushroom)
- 1 cup grated cheese (I used 4-cheese)
- 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Soaked the pretzel or bread in the milk for ten minutes. You can blened the pretzel afterwards or you can just mash it with potato masher afterwards. I used this gluten free pretzel instead of bread as a way of raising awareness for Celiac Awarenes Month.
- Combine all of the ingredients except the eggs and mix it thoroughly including the bread/pretzel soaked in milk.
- To make sure that your mixture has the right taste, fry a little bit and try it, this way, you can add whatever is lacking in it (salt for example).
- Place 2 cups of mixture in an aluminum foil and spread it a little bit. Lined up some sliced eggs on top of it.
- Add more mixture on top of the eggs and carefully roll it towards the other side.
- Make sure that you have enough space at both ends so you can tie it up or you can just securely fold it.
- Steam for I hour and let it cool and chill overnight. I made this yesterday sop we will have something special to eat for Cinco de Mayo celebration.
I think that my first attempt in maiiung this dish was a success. The kids and husband said it was really good so I a happy that they liked it!