Embutido Cordon Bleu

When you combine two popular dishes, there is a danger that it will not work. This could be owing to clashing flavors or cooking methods that are drastically different from one another. But, because of their similarities—from their meatiness to their delightful delicate, savory interiors—I decided to reproduce two well-known masterpieces. And the outcome? Some beautiful Embutido Cordon Bleu!

What does embutido cordon bleu taste like?

Cordon bleu is an absolutely wonderful dish, thanks to its tempting cheesiness and gratifying crispy texture on the exterior. But I came up with a fantastic reimagining of the recipe that included a little more sweetness as well as some vegetables to add color and excitement to the dish.

That’s what you can expect now that we’ve added embutido. Raisin and sweet pickle relish add a touch of sweetness to our recipe, while ham and Swiss cheese keep the cordon bleu savory. Here’s an overview of all the ingredients you’ll need!

Ingredients in Embutido Cordon Bleu

Ham

First up, we will get 8 slices of ham. We’re using two of these in each roll for our dish.

Swiss cheese

Any type of Swiss cheese will do the trick in providing a mild, somewhat sweet flavor to the meal. Like our ham, we will use 8 slices of this.

All-purpose flour

Also have ½ cup of all-purpose flour ready for coating of the embutido.

Eggs

You’ll also want 3 eggs, 1 of which we will use for the embutido mixture. The rest is needed for coating the dish with breadcrumbs.

Panko breadcrumbs

Speaking of the ingredient, you should also prepare 1 ½ cups of panko breadcrumbs for a perfectly crunchy feel that makes this embutido a lot more like cordon bleu.

Cooking oil

And you definitely can’t forget about this component. Grab 2 cups of cooking oil, which we need for deep frying.

Embutido ingredients:

Ground pork

Embutido is essentially a Filipino version of the classic meatloaf so you’re sure to need some ground pork to bring this recipe to life. Add 1 lb. of ground pork to the grocery list.

Ground chicken

For that perfectly meaty taste, you’ve also got to have 1 lb. of ground chicken.

Knorr Chicken Cube

And then we’re also going to integrate 1 Knorr Chicken Cube to really draw out the flavor of the white meat. But you need to mash this before we add it to the mix.

Sweet pickle relish

And for a one of a kind sweetness, we’ll be using no other than ¼ cup of sweet pickle relish.

Cheddar cheese

Just to ensure that we integrate this ingredient well into the embutido, we need to grate our cheddar cheese. And then we’re using 1 cup of that for the mixture.

Red bell pepper

This ingredient can really aid both your eye and heart health so I really would not skip out on adding 1 red bell pepper. You also need to mince this.

Raisins

Having some digestion issues? Raisins are rich in fiber to help out with that, as well as antioxidants, along with plenty of other health benefits. Luckily, we’re using ½ cup for this dish!

Carrot

You should also mince 1 carrot to add a bit of a crunch in the embutido.

Onion

And you can expect a richer flavor with 1 onion we’ve minced.

Salt

We also can’t forget about salt, which we will use 1 teaspoon of.

Ground black pepper

And as an always fitting partner to our salt, get ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper ready.

Breadcrumbs

Unlike the previous one, this part of the recipe does not call for a specific type of breadcrumbs. Simply make sure to have ¾ cup of this. 

Dijon Sauce:

Heavy whipping cream

A complementary tangy and savory flavor can really boost this dish, which is why we’re making some delicious Dijon sauce! You’ll need ½ cup of heavy whipping cream to start this off.

Dijon mustard

Then you should also integrate 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.

Butter

Also slice a bit of butter, specifically 1 ½ tablespoons of this.

Yellow onion

For a bit of a lighter onion flavor, you’re going to mince some yellow onion, which we will need 2 tablespoons of.

Salt

Our sauce also calls for some salt, but it depends on you how much you’d like to add!

How to Make Embutido Cordon Bleu

1. Mixing the embutido components

  • Combining ground pork, ground chicken, Knorr Chicken Cube, sweet pickle relish, cheddar cheese, red bell pepper, raisins, carrot, onion, egg, salt, ground black pepper and breadcrumbs – Once you have put all of this in your bowl, go ahead and mix them together thoroughly.

2. Assembling, steaming the roll

  • Arranging ingredients on foil – Place a sheet of foil on a flat surface, and then put ¾ cup of your meat mixture from earlier on top. Spread it evenly. Now place 2 slices of ham on top of this. We will then add 2 slices of cheese over the ham. Then roll the foil carefully, and then secure this by twisting the ends, but too tightly.
  • Steam the roll for 1 hour – After that, you can take this out, and then just wait for it to cool. Remove the foil wrap.

3. Cooking the embutido

  • Heating oil – Pour 2 cups of cooking oil into a pan, and then just let this heat up.
  • Coating the embutido – Dredge your roll with the foil taken off in your all-purpose flour. The next step would be to coat this in your beaten egg, and then cover it with panko breadcrumbs all over. Repeat this for every roll you have.
  • Deep frying the embutido – Now just put this in your pan with the hot oil. Continue cooking until you’ve gotten it to turn golden brown.

4. Making the sauce

  • Melting butter, and adding other ingredients – Put your butter in a saucepan, and then apply some heat so it can melt. Then incorporate your onion so it can be cooked until it softens. Now let’s add our heavy whipping cream, and then stir this. Afterwards, put your Dijon mustard inside. Once again, we will stir the mixture, and then keep everything cooking with low to medium heat.
  • Let the sauce reduce to half – Once it gets to that point, you can sprinkle in some salt to your preference.

5. Plating the Embutido Cordon Bleu

  • Arranging the dish – Now just put your deliciously cooked Embutido Cordon Bleu on your preferred plate. Pour your creamy Dijon sauce onto a separate container, and serve this alongside your dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups cooking oil

Embutido Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 Knorr Chicken Cube mashed
  • ¼ cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs

Dijon Sauce:

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all the embutido ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Lay a sheet of foil on a flat surface. Scoop ¾ cups of meat mixture and spread it on the foil. Lay 2 slices of ham over the meat mixture and top it with 2 slices of cheese. Roll the foil and secure by twisting the ends.
  • Steam for 1 hour. Remove from the steamer and let this cool down. Remove foil wrap.
  • Heat 2 cups cooking oil.
  • Dredge each embutido in all-purpose flour. Dip it in beaten egg, and then coat with panko breadcrumbs.
  • Deep fry until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Make the Dijon cream sauce by melting butter in a saucepan. Add onion. Cook until soft.
  • Pour heavy whipping cream. Stir and add Dijon mustard. Stir and continue cooking using between low to medium heat setting until the sauce reduces to half. Add salt to taste.
  • Arrange the embutido cordon bleu on a serving plate. Serve with creamy Dijon sauce. Share and enjoy

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1177kcal (59%) Carbohydrates: 36g (12%) Protein: 40g (80%) Fat: 98g (151%) Saturated Fat: 23g (115%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g Monounsaturated Fat: 50g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 221mg (74%) Sodium: 1245mg (52%) Potassium: 811mg (23%) Fiber: 3g (12%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 2496IU (50%) Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) Calcium: 338mg (34%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

FAQ

What is Embutido Cordon Bleu?

Embutido Cordon Bleu is a fusion dish that combines the flavors of two popular dishes: Embutido, a Filipino-style meatloaf typically made with ground pork, and Cordon Bleu, a classic French dish consisting of breaded and fried chicken or veal stuffed with ham and cheese. In this variation, the Embutido is stuffed with ham and cheese, then breaded and fried to golden perfection.

What ingredients are needed to make Embutido Cordon Bleu?

To prepare Embutido Cordon Bleu, you’ll need ground pork, bread crumbs, eggs, carrots, bell peppers, onions, pickles or relish, cheese slices (such as Swiss or cheddar), ham slices, salt, pepper, and optionally, Worcestershire sauce and raisins. For the breading, you’ll need flour, eggs, and bread crumbs.

How do I make Embutido Cordon Bleu?

Start by preparing the Embutido mixture by combining ground pork, bread crumbs, eggs, finely chopped carrots, bell peppers, onions, pickles or relish, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and raisins (if using). Flatten a portion of the mixture into a rectangle, then place a slice of ham and cheese in the center. Roll the mixture tightly around the ham and cheese to form a log. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Dip each Embutido log in flour, then beaten eggs, and finally coat with bread crumbs. Fry the breaded Embutido logs in hot oil until golden brown and cooked through.

Can I bake Embutido Cordon Bleu instead of frying?

Yes, you can bake Embutido Cordon Bleu if you prefer a healthier cooking method. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the breaded Embutido logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the logs are cooked through and the breading is crispy and golden. Baking is a suitable alternative to frying and reduces the amount of oil used in the cooking process.

What are some serving suggestions for Embutido Cordon Bleu?

Embutido Cordon Bleu can be served as a main dish alongside steamed rice or mashed potatoes and a side of vegetables such as steamed green beans or roasted carrots. You can also slice the cooked Embutido logs into rounds and serve them as appetizers or party snacks with dipping sauces like ketchup, mustard, or sweet and sour sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs or lemon wedges for an extra touch of flavor and presentation.

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