Spicy Cheesy Meat Loaf with Caramelized Onions


Caramelized onions and chipotle purée add layers of flavor to our twist on this classic.

Spicy Cheesy Meat Loaf with Caramelized Onions
Makes about 6 servings
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ 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
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chipotle Purée (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 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, Worcestershire, Chipotle Puree, and brown sugar until smooth. Add half of ketchup mixture to beef mixture, stirring to combine. Gently press beef mixture into a 9x5-inch cast-iron loaf pan.
  5. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in center registers 160°, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Carefully tilt pan over a bowl to drain; discard drippings. Top meatloaf with shredded Gouda and shredded Cheddar.
  6. 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.

Chipotle Puree
  1. Place 1 (7-ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the container of a blender; blend until smooth. Freeze remaining puree in tablespoon dollops for future use.



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