Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Embutido

We haven't had embutido for a long time, no? FF,blurted one afternoon. Hey, it's December and I always consider embutido,  a Noche Buena dish but why wait for Christmas  when I could have it now? So,  off we went to my favourite supermarket to get all the things I need then.  I made Embutido before and even posted the recipe here . This time, I tweaked the recipe a bit for a more festive looking and tasty Sunday lunch. It certainly looked grand and deserves a  place in the Christmas spread or  in a birthday buffet or on the breakfast table, filled with sunny side up eggs and sinangag!


1.5  kgs ground meat ( preferably pork)
1 large onion, finely diced
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup pickle relish
1 large sized carrots, shredded
150 g cheddar cheese, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup pineapple, finely diced
1  cup raisins
3 raw eggs
3 boiled eggs( optional)
a pack of Vienna sausage
1/2 cup bread crumbs
200 g of flour 
1/2 cup banana ketchup
 3 tbsp each of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 pack of smoked bacon

Cooking instructions :

1 . In a clean bowl, mix together ground pork, onion, garlic,pickle relish, carrots, bell peppers, pineapple, raisins and cheese.  
2. Once meat and diced vegetable are well combined, add in raw eggs, bread crumbs , ketchup and  flour . Season with soy and Worcestershire sauce, salt and ground pepper. Mix! Mix! Mix! Cover with plastic foil and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to 1 hour so the flavours set it.

3. Take bowl out of the fridge. Peel cooked eggs and slice it into wedges, if using.  Prepare sausages , you could cut sausage into half( lengthwise ) but i prefer to keep it whole.

4. Lay an aluminium foil on your working area. Brush with softened butter. Spread embutido mixture in the middle, leaving an ample space on  the border. Put sausage and cooked egg ( optional)  at  the centre.
5. Carefully roll meat/vegetable mixture over sausage   forming it into a log.
6. Tightly roll aluminium foil and seal both ends like a candy. Put a baking pan at the centre of  a preheated oven ( 200° C).  . Fill baking pan with hot water . Place the embutido on the wire rack and put it over the baking pan, make sure the water does not touch the wire rack. Bake embutido bain- marie style, for 45 mins.
7. Take Embutido out from the open. Set aside to cool. Embutido could be eaten at this point.It could be served cold or pan fried. That, or you can take a step further. Lay a cling foil on your working area. Place bacon strips side by side until it can cover the entire length of one embutido log. 

 7. With the cling foil as your guide, carefully roll bacon around the embutido log. Place bacon wrapped embutido into a greased baking pan and pop in the oven ( 185°c) for about 15 mins or until bacon is evenly browned.

FF liked it so much, he requested another batch for a potluck lunch at his office. Well what do you know? All his German colleagues loved the embutido as much as every Filipino! 

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