Try This Delicious Hardinera Recipe

Hardinera, also called “jardinera,” is a popular meatloaf dish that has its origins in Quezon Province. It’s a special dish that’s commonly served on important occasions such as local fiestas and other similar gatherings. If you’re fond of pork menudo, you’ll find yourself loving this dish as it is like menudo but made even better.

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Hardinera Recipe

Some say this is a particularly difficult dish to make because of the expense of the ingredients and the tedious preparations. For this reason, this dish is not cooked that often and only on important occasions. However, we think that only makes this dish more special, doesn’t it? And when it comes to the cost and the preparations, you can always find ways to make it easier and less costly to prepare.

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Give this hardinera recipe a try and share with us your experience.

Hardinera Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 medium-sized diced onion
  • 1 pound diced pork
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup of sweet pickle relish
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of beef franks or diced hotdogs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ½ cup of pineapple chunks
  • ½ beef cube
  • ¼ cup of liver spread
  • ¼ cup of roasted sweet pepper
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup of grated cheese
  • 2 pieces of raw eggs
  • 2 pieces of sliced or wedged hard-boiled eggs


1. Put cooking oil on the pot and allow to heat up. Sauté the garlic and onions.

2.Add the diced pork into the mix and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Add the water, tomato sauce, and beef cubes and then allow to boil. When it boils, lower the heat and simmer for a bit until the liquid has completely evaporated and the meat is tender. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.

4. In a large bowl, mix the cooked pork, beef franks or diced hotdogs, ground black pepper, salt, bread crumbs, sweet pickle relish, liver spread, raisins, pineapple chunks, and cheese. Mix well.

5. Brush a llanera with oil and arrange the roasted sweet pepper and sliced eggs on it. Pour in half of the beaten egg mixture and make sure it is well distributed on the llanera.

6. Add the pork mixture to the llanera until the latter is 3/4 full. Cover the container with aluminum foil.

7. Pour 6 cups of water into the steamer. You can add more if you want. Arrange the llanera in the steamer and let if steam for at least 50 minutes.

8. After 50 minutes or when you can see that it’s done cooking, you can remove the mixture from the llanera and transfer the contents to a service plate.

9. You can serve this dish hot or cold. Don’t forget to share!

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