A long time ago, my mother-in-law told me that the best way to make sure that the embutido is perfectly shaped is to cook it in an empty tin can. I finally did as she said and look at how perfectly round the slices of my chicken embutido are.
What do I mean by empty tin can? Take a tall tin can of, say, evaporated milk or tomato sauce. Cut out the top and bottom and you have a tube, right? That’s what you can use. But. BUT. Don’t use an old tin can which may have the first signs of rust. The cans I used were opened just a few minutes before I stuffed the embutido filling inside them. Just plan everything ahead of time so that when you cook a dish that requires you to use anything in a can, you can make your embutido at the same time. At any rate, embutido keeps well in the freezer.
So, did I really say chicken embutido? Chicken? Yes, chicken. You can buy ground chicken meat in the supermarket, didn’t you know? And it makes wonderful embutido.
The following ingredients will yield two large pieces of embutido, about 6 inches long and three inches in diameter. Of course, if you use smaller cans, you’ll have more but smaller embutido.
200 to 300 grams of ground chicken
2 slices of day old bread
3 tbsps. of milk
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
2 small (or 1 big) green bell pepper, cored, seeds removed and chopped
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 tbsps. of sweet pickle relish, drained well
4 eggs, beaten
Cooking procedure :
Tear the bread into small pieces, place in a bowl and pour in the milk. Mix and soak for about 10 minutes. Squeeze out the excess milk.
Mix the bread with the rest of the ingredients. Season with about a teaspoonful and a half of salt and half a teaspoonful of pepper.
Stand the prepared tin cans on a baking tray. Stuff them with the embutido filling, pressing down with a spoon to make sure the mixture is compact. Cover the top of the cans with pieces of aluminum foil. Bake in a 180oC oven for 30 minutes. Cool before removing from the cans.
To remove, run a long thin knife around the cans and lightly push one end of the embutido with the back of a spoon.
You can steam your embutido instead of baking them but you may need to cover BOTH ends of the cans with aluminum foil.