Embutido (Filipino Meat Loaf)

  • Serves

    serves 8


The recipe for these steamed meat loaves with hard boiled egg centers comes from Saveur kitchen assistant Monica Floirendo. This recipe first appeared in our January / February 2012 issue on 100 new classics. See the article on Meatloaf.


  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 9 oz. cooked ham, cut into 1/3″ cubes
  • 12 cup golden raisins, finely chopped
  • 13 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 (4-oz.) jars sliced pimientos, drained


Step 1

Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, carrots, onion, and bell pepper; cook until lightly caramelized, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl along with beef, pork, ham, raisins, bread crumbs, 2 tbsp. parsley, soy sauce, and salt and pepper; mix until evenly combined. Transfer half the mixture to a large sheet of foil and shape mixture into a 9″ × 8″ rectangle. Place 3 eggs lengthwise along center of rectangle; cover with half the pimientos. Fold sides of rectangle over eggs and pimientos, and shape into a log; wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends to seal. Repeat with remaining meat mixture, eggs, and pimientos.

Step 2

Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a flat-bottomed wok over medium heat. Place an 11″ bamboo steamer in wok, and place meat loaves in steamer; cover. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the meat loaves reads 160°, about 1 hour. Unwrap, and cut into 1″ slices; garnish with remaining parsley before serving.

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