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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Filipino Beef Morcon

Fiesta Celebration is a big part of our Filipino culture. Each city or town and region  has its own festival in honor of a patron saint. It could be a one day or even a week of festive celebrations which include processions, colorful parades, street dance and parties, beauty pageants and a long table of food!

For this month of May Kulinarya theme ~ Elizabeth Ann and Dudut tasked us to prepare a dish which is a local favorite in our own town served during fiestas.

One dish I remember my dad used to make was Beef Morcon. I never bothered to learn how he made his Beef Morcon, back then all I know was just to eat ( lol! ). But anyway, my version turned out to be fine, I guess ~ coz I could hear them uttering "yum!" in every bite.

Morcon is a beef roll stuffed with sausages, hotdogs (more preferred by pinoys!), eggs, pickles or anything you want to stuffed in. A roll is usually secured with a string, then simmered in a flavorful sauce to cook.

Filipino Beef Morcon

Beef Morcon


700g beef sirloin (sliced about 1/4 inch thick, you may request the butcher to do this for you)
4-6 pcs hotdogs
2 hard boiled eggs, quartered each
2-4 whole pickles
4 carrot sticks
cheese slices (sticks)
200g tomato sauce
85g liver spread (1 small can)
1/2 cup grated cheese
beef broth (or beef cube dissolved in about 500ml of water)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple - for a twist!
2 bay leaves
ground peppercorn , to taste
2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp calamansi juice
1.5 tbsp soy sauce


  • Marinate beef with calamansi and soysauce at least 2 hrs.
  • Remove beef from marinade. Place the meat in a flat surface, then layer the stuffings - hotdogs,carrots,eggs and pickles in one side, roll the meat once, then layer with cheese sticks, then roll. Secure the meat with a string.  I made two rolls with the ingredients above, if you want a bigger and thicker rolls, you can make just one beef roll instead, or use about a kilo of beef (I used only 750g).
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Brown the beef roll. Set aside. 
  • In the same pan, add the tomato sauce, liver spread, crushed pineapple. Let boil. then add the broth and bay leaves. Let boil, then add the beef rolls, grated cheese and peppercorn. Cover and simmer for 1 to 2 hrs. I did not add salt since the cheese gave enough flavor. No need for cornstarch since the sauce is thick already. Reduce the sauce as preferred.
  • When cooked, remove the rolls from the pan. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, remove strings then slice. Serve in a plate with the sauce. Garnish.
  • Enjoy!

This post is linked to :  eRecipecards ,  Food Trip FridayFood Friday


  1. ohlala!!this one I like so much!!!yum-O!!!

  2. I love Beef Morcon and it always means the event is special when they serve it at the table. I like your addition of pineapple. That gives it a sweet twist! Must try. Thanks for participating in our KCC May event & thanks for visiting my blog, too. Mabuhay!

  3. I love morcon and it's been ages since I've cooked this. It's the tying that's keeping me from doing it hahaha! This post just inspire me to do it again. YUM.

  4. One of my grandmother's specialty during fiesta season !!! =) yum yum !

  5. Oh yes. What is fiesta without Morcon. It is the pride of most may-bahay. Your morcon is a a true-classic representation of Filipino treasure dish. Good job, Marge! Thank you and I'm so glad to cook with you on this Kulinarya challenge.

  6. I used to make and cook morcon with my mom, though I haven't tried cooking it myself...will try your recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. My mom never cooked this though, but I'm sure we can learn cooking this together, when she visits us here from Milan. Thanks for sharing!

  8. @Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    Thanks! I love anything pineapple :) so I'd squeeze it in every dish whenever I have a chance.

  9. @Iska
    Yeah me too :) not so much fond of the tying. I had it a bit loose here, kaya the meat roll was not so siksik :) I guess more practice next time :)

  10. @chefbyday
    Thanks! and you're right this dish is present to almost every fiestas.

  11. @wok with ray
    Thanks Ray! I just wish I could do exactly what my dad used to make ~ his version was really soooo good!

  12. @Marie
    THis is so easy to make - except the tying part haha! more practice for me :)

  13. @Joy Calipes-Felizardo
    Thanks Joy! This is a classic pinoy food you really have to try to cook.

  14. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm beef moron looks so delish :-) Thank you for the recipe too :-) Dropping by from Food Trip Friday

  15. Grabeh ito! Super Sarap,kaso ang hirap din gawin,matrabaho,magaling lang kasi ako sa kainan! lol!

  16. wow, beautifully prepared...how i wish i can make that kaso hindi ako marunong. it really looks so delicious! visiting late from FTF, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great week. :)

  17. lovely presentation! i haven't tried cooking beef morcon myself, but my sister likes making it for us (and we love to chow it down with rice! lol)...yummmy!

    thanks so much for sharing your recipe and linking over at Food Friday! :)


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