Spicy Cheesy Meat Loaf with Caramelized Onions

• Spicy Cheesy Meat Loaf with Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions add the perfect hint of sweetness to balance out the spice in this gooey, cheesy meat loaf dinner.

Spicy Cheesy Meat Loaf with Caramelized Onions
Serves: 6
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup cubed Gouda cheese
  • ½ cup cubed smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon puréed canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • ½ cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • Garnish: ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 2 tablespoons water and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Add caramelized onions, beef, pork, eggs, cubed Gouda, cubed Cheddar, thyme, and remaining 1¾ teaspoons salt, gently stirring until well combined.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and chipotle purée until smooth. Add half of ketchup mixture to beef mixture, stirring until combined. Gently press beef mixture into a 9×5-inch metal loaf pan.
  5. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 160°, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Carefully tilt pan over a bowl to drain; discard drippings. Top with shredded Gouda and shredded Cheddar. Bake until cheeses are melted, about 7 minutes more. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with pepper, if desired. Serve with remaining ketchup mixture.