Morcón is a Filipino braised beef roulade made with beef flank steak
Morcón is a Filipino braised beef roulade made with beef flank steak stuffed with hard-boiled eggs, carrots, pickled cucumber, cheese, and various sausages. It is commonly served during Christmas and other festive occasions. The name is derived from the Spanish morcón, a type of dry sausage originally used to stuff the dish. These sausages are now known under the general terms longganisa or chorizo in the Philippines, with the term morcón becoming exclusively used for this dish.
Morcón is made from skirt or round-cut beef flank steak, marinated in a soy sauce mixture with spices to taste (usually black pepper and calamansi juice). It is then stuffed with minced carrots, various longganisa sausages (or even bacon or hotdogs), cheese (usually queso de bola), pickled cucumber, and various other ingredients. The beef is carefully rolled into a cylinder, tied horizontally and vertically with twine, and sprinkled with flour. The beef is then fried until brown. In our family, we make sure that Morcon is always present in our Media Noche because of our belief that serving round shaped foods can help make one’s life prosperous in the coming year . Christmas is about to come and New Year is just around the corner. I want to personally greet you an advanced Merry and Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Here are Morcon Ingredients. 2 lbs beef eye of round or flank steak 3/4 inch thick in one piece. 2 pieces beef cubes dissolved in 3 cups boiling water beef stock/broth. 1/4 tsp salt. 1 piece lemon. 1/2 cup soy sauce. 1 piece medium sized carrot cut into long strips. 1/2 cup flour. 1/2 cup cooking oil. 4 pieces hotdogs cut in half lengthwise. 2 pieces pickled dill or sweet pickled cucumber cut lengthwise divided into 4 equal pieces. 3 pieces hard boiled eggs sliced. 3 ounces cheddar cheese cut in strips (about 1/2 inch thick). The sauce is cooked separately, and typically use garlic, onions, cheese, chili peppers, and bay leaves simmered in tomato sauce and water. The fried beef is added and braised over low heat until tender. Once cooked, the twine is removed and the beef is sliced into little discs. It is served with the sauce and is eaten with white rice.
Here are the instructions on how to cook Morcon. 1st step. Marinate the beef in soy sauce and lemon juice for at least 1 hour. 2nd step. Place the beef in a flat surface and arrange the hotdogs, pickle, carrot, cheese, and egg on one side. 3rd step. Roll the beef enclosing the fillings and tie with a cooking string to ensure that the meat will not open-up. 4th step. Place cooking oil in a pan and apply heat. 5th step. Dredge the rolled beef in flour and fry until the color of the outer part turns medium brown. 6th step. Transfer the fried rolled beef in a casserole and pour-in the beef broth then bring to a boil. 7th step. Pour-in half of the soy sauce-lemon juice marinade,salt and simmer until the beef is tender (about 2 hours using ordinary casserole or 30 minutes if a pressure cooker is used). 8th step. Optional: Fry the simmered meat for at least 2 minutes. 9th step. Remove the strings and slice into serving pieces. 10th step. Place in a serving dish and add the sauce. 11th and last step. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!
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