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Alternative namesembotido, Filipino meatloaf, Filipino pork rolls
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperaturehot, cold
Main ingredientsground pork, eggs, raisins, carrots, bread crumbs, ham/Vienna sausages/longganisa
Similar dishesMorcón, Hardinera

Embutido, or embotido, is a Philippine meatloaf made with ground pork and stuffed with hard-boiled eggs and sliced ham or various sausages. It is traditionally wrapped in aluminum foil and steamed, though it can also be baked.[1]

Embutido is commonly prepared during Christmas, fiestas, and other special occasions.[citation needed] It can be served hot or chilled, and is usually dipped in banana ketchup or some other type of sweet sauce.[2]

Despite the Spanish name, the dish is derived from the American meatloaf. The name is usually translated as Filipino meatloaf.[3][4]


The name of the dish in the Philippines originally referred to embutido, the Spanish word for sausage. Dried sausages are now known under the general terms longganisa or chorizo in the Philippines, with the term embutido used for the meatloaf dish.[3][4]

The dish itself originates from the American meatloaf, introduced during the American colonial period of the Philippines (1898–1946). This was due to the expansion of the American canning industry and the influx of processed meat and other canned goods to the islands. Canned products were still a novelty at the time, and were adapted into various recipes by Filipino families.[3][4]


Embutido rolls for sale in Malolos, Bulacan

Embutido is made by mixing ground pork with bread crumbs or shredded white bread, raisins, minced carrots, sautéed onions and garlic, seasoned with salt and black pepper to taste. Various other ingredients can also be added to the mixture, including sweet pickle relish, cheese, pineapple chunks, and sliced pimiento or bell peppers. The mixture is then placed on aluminum foil. Hard-boiled eggs are placed lengthwise on it, along with sliced ham, Vienna sausages, longganisa sausages, or even hotdogs. The arrangement is covered with more ground pork mixture, carefully wrapped completely with the aluminum foil, rolled into a cylinder and steamed.[1][5][6][7]

The embutido is usually sliced; it can be sliced while hot, but it is more usual to chill it so that it is less likely to disintegrate when slicing. It can be frozen for storage. Cold embutido can be fried before serving.[8] It is traditionally eaten with white rice and dipped into banana ketchup, sweet chili sauce, or some other sweet sauce.[2][9]

Embutido differs from the American meatloaf in that it is usually steamed, although it can be baked;[10] and it is made with ground pork rather than ground beef, though modern variants can use beef or beef and pork mixtures.[4][11]

Similar dishes

Embutido looks like and uses similar ingredients to another Filipino dish, the morcón (which is also different from the original Spanish morcón, a type of sausage). However they are very different dishes. The Filipino morcón is a beef roulade stuffed with eggs, ham, sausages, and pickled cucumber. It is cooked by frying and stewing, rather than steaming or baking.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Embutido (Filipino Meat Loaf)". Saveur. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "How to make Embutido Pork Meatloaf". Asian in America. August 21, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Lam, Francis (January 7, 2015). "The Rich Tradition of Filipino Embutido". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Ying, Chris (2016). The Wurst of Lucky Peach: A Treasury of Encased Meat. Lucky Peach, LLC. ISBN 9780804187787.
  5. ^ "The Luscious Embutido". FFE Magazine. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Embutido Pork Recipe". MyFilipinoRecipes. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Pork Embutido". Kawaling Pinoy. March 7, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Embutido Recipe ( Filipino Meat Loaf)". Rich and Sweet Life. November 14, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Classic Embutido (Filipino-Style Meatloaf)". Manila Spoon. June 9, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Embutido Recipe (Filipino style pork meat loaf)". Foxy Folksy. November 29, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Meat Loaf". Saveur. January 20, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Beef Morcon Recipe". Recipe ni Juan. Retrieved December 11, 2018.