Just like your good old-fashioned meatloaf, embutido is a combination of ground meat, vegetables, and spices. It’s comfort food that is inexpensive and super easy to make. This version that I’m familiar with is log-shaped and best eaten with ketchup.
3 pounds ground meat, chicken and/or pork
4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 carrot, minced
1 yellow onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, minced
½ cup raisins
1 cup sweet relish
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup finely chopped sausage/chorizo, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
2. In a large mixing bowl, place all the ingredients and mix until just combined.
3. In a pan, cook a small amount of the mixture to test and adjust to your taste. It may need more salt or sugar.
4. Spread the embutido mixture on a foil to form a log of about 2 inches in diameter and about 6 inches in length (or any size of your choice, really). Wrap the foil tightly, crimping the ends.
5. Place the embutido on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 45 minutes, until internal temperature is 165° F if using chicken or 160° F for pork. Alternatively, you can also cook them in a steamer over a stovetop.
6. When ready to serve, sear the outside on a pan coated with a little bit of oil. Slice and serve with ketchup.
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