Beef Morcon

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Morcon involves a lot of labor of love that it is usually prepared for family gatherings, special occasions like noche buena, New Year festivities or even Christening. Filipino Morcon is actually “stuffed beef roulade with filling of food mixtures such as cheese, sausage, ham, and other food mixtures to achieve a delicious meal.” Looks complicated, right? I added a video demo below the instructions so you can have an overview before cooking. It is best to prepare all the ingredients a day before so that on the actual day of cooking, all you do is mix the ingredients.

Ingredients

for the beef roll filling

1 kilo beef flank, (have the butcher slice 1/4 inch and divided evenly into 3 square slices)

Kalamansi and 2 tablespoons soy sauce to marinate the beef

5 pieces of sausage (substitute with chorizo de bilbao)

1/4 kilo of minced beef liver (leave some for the sauce)

200 grams bacon

3 hard boiled eggs, sliced

2 sweet pickles, cut into half, diagonally

1 medium carrot, sliced lengthwise in 4 slices

100 grams queso de bola (or cheddar cheese) in strips

Thread for tying

flour for dredging rolled beef

For the casserole/sauce:

olive oil for frying

bacon fat for added flavor

3 cloves of garlic

1 onion chopped

2 cups of tomato sauce

1 cup of water

1/2 cup grated cheddar or 1/4 cup queso de bola cheese

5 bay leaf (laurel)

1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

parsely and olives for decoration

Procedure

If you have no idea how morcon is prepared, see the embedded video below.

1. Prepare the 3 beef slices in your working area at the kitchen .You can flatten by hitting it gently with the aid of a rolling pin.

2. Marinate the beef slices with kalamansi juice and soy sauce overnight. Prepare the rest of the ingredients so it is easy to cook the next day.

3. Lay out filling on the sliced beef: cheese strips, sliced eggs, bacon, carrot, pickles, sausage and some of the ground liver (leave some for the sauce). Arrange evenly.

4. Gently roll the beef making sure all fillings are intact.

5. Tie with a string (see video demo below) Set aside.

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