Grilled Ensaimada Media Noche Style

Nov 23

During the cooking demo, Chef Fernando “Fern” Aracama shared his media noche memories from Bacolod. A very young boy walking home from midnight mass with his family is something Chef Fern remembers to this day. He took inspiration from the traditional Media Noche meal that awaited them but this time he shares recipes of dishes that are not the usual but delightful especially if you want something new to serve. His childhood memories greatly influenced his cooking.

ensaimada for media noche

Chef Fern shared this Grilled Ensaimada Media Noche style which can be described as a hot and crusty butter grilled ensaimada stuffed with Chinese ham and queso de bola.

This is what you need:

Grilled Ensaimada Media Noche Style

4 pcs ensaimada large size, cut in half (get traditional ensaimada not the soft type)
4 tbsps Dijon or yellow mustard
4 tbsps. Pickle relish
½ cup grated queso de bola or your choice of cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded Chinese jam
½ cup butter softened


1. Take the halved ensaimada and turn it inside out

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Slice off the top of the bottom to make it flatter.

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2. Spread the mustard and the pickle relish on the bottom slice

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3. Top with grated cheese and the shredded chinese ham. Turn over the other half to cover the filling

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4. Heat up a non stick pan over medium heat and add about a tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, grill the ensaimada until nice and crusty.

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5. Add some more butter and turn over to grill the other side of the ensaimada. It- should have a golden brown crust.

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6. Slice the sandwich in half and serve with a side of Insalata Uva ( which I will share in another recipe).

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Serves four


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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (375 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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