Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cracker Barrel Copycat Meatloaf



Last winter was the first time I ate at a Cracker Barrel. Polly and I go to lunch when I'm  in Florida and the place we originally picked to eat was closed. Cracker Barrel was close and I told her I never ate there so off to Cracker Barrel we went. Polly loves the meatloaf . I never tried their meatloaf and found the recipe on Food.com

Gabe and I enjoyed it and hope you do also!




Ingredients

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk 

32 Ritz Crackers- Crushed*

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese- shredded

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Topping

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 177 C

In a large bowl  add eggs and beat.

Add the milk and the crushed crackers and stir in the onion and the cheese.

Add the ground beef and mix well.

Shape in a loaf.

I always cook my meatloaf in a large baking pan with a wire rack. I place the shaped meatloaf on the rack .

Bake for 45- 55 minutes in 350 oven.

Combine the ketchup,brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl and mix well.

Spoon or brush the topping over the meatloaf after 30 minutes of baking. Return to oven and bake for the additional  time basting occasionally.

I used a sleeve and half.

Not sure if this recipe is a true copycat to what is served at Cracker Barrel. I noticed that there are many other recipes for their meatloaf. This one was really good and I'm going to make it again.

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63 comments:

  1. I've never eaten at Cracker Barrel either. It's my step father-in-law's favorite place to go-he loves their biscuits and gravy I think it is.

    Looks like a good old fashioned meatloaf recipe-those stand the test of time and always hit the spot. Great photo too Linda....this is something we have the toughest time taking photos of. The last one I photographed I ended up pitching all the photos.....it's a hard subject-you did a fantastic job. Makes me want a slice or 2! :)

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    1. You are just to kind Carol- it's not a good photo but the recipe is really good!

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  2. Meat is just hard to photo sometimes. I agree with Carol, you did a fantastic job Linda. I love your photos. have this one copied since I've never been to Cracker Barrel either. Randall loves a good hearty meal when he gets home from the races and this will definitely hit the spot. Thanks!

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    1. I hate taking photos of meat! You and Carol are so much better at it.

      This is a good recipe. Gabe had me make it again.

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  3. Linda, your photo is really good. This recipe sounds very much like the mini meat loaves recipe I love, except, instead of ritz crackers, you use oatmeal. The topping is the same. I have eaten at Cracker Barrel, tho only had sandwiches. They have a great general store. I got a Penn State Rocking chair there for my granddaughter. I must try this recipe with the Ritz crackers. Yum, I am hungry now.

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    1. I love the little store! Didn't get a chance to look. Polly had to head back to work

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  4. Never have been to Cracker Barrel either. The meatloaf I make is similar but instead of Ritz crackers I use a pkg. of Stove Top Stuffing. Always use the topping. My daughter would be horrified if I changed anything! No trying to change tried & true recipes with her around! LOL

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    1. We had a T&T from the board - remember Miss Betty's Meatloaf recipe? That has always been a favorite. Gabe likes both so if I have Ritz crackers- I'll make this one.

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  5. I've never been to Cracker Barrel either but see their copycat recipes all over the web. I'm a huge meatloaf lover so I can't wait to make this. Thanks!

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    1. My hubby really likes this recipe- hope you enjoy it also!

      Thanks for stopping by

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  6. I love meatloaf and am always looking for new recipes to try. I haven't tried the one at Cracker Barrel but this sounds pretty good! Visiting from Sundays At Home :-)

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    1. I'm the same. I have my tried and true ones but you never know if there is that one recipe that will you love!

      Hope you like this one.

      Linda

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  7. Meatloaf is my all time favorite entree. Love it with the ketchup topping too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back again soon.

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    1. Yeah, the ketchup topping is perfect on this.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Linda

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  8. Yum! I love copycat recipes and being able to make them at home. Thank you for sharing at the Pinterest Game! http://www.cookwithashoe.com/general/pinterest-game-9a/

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  9. Hello from Anything Goes ... I've been to Cracker Barrel a lot and I don't believe I've ever had their meatloaf. Ususally use bread crumbs in mine, ritz crackers, I bet that adds a ton of flavor.

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    1. It made a big difference- I have another recipe on the blog- Miss Betty's where I use stuffing mix in the recipe which is very good also.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Linda

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  10. We just took a friend to Cracker Barrel for the first time last week. We love their Broccoli Cheddar Chicken (Wednesday night's dinner special) and the Sunday Homestyle Chicken. Thanks for sharing the recipe for meatloaf at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. Hi Sandy-

      The only time I get to places like Cracker Barrel is with Polly! My hubby does not like to going out. The only place he really likes is Olive Garden. I don't care for pasta and don't make it so when he needs his pasta fix we head there.

      Hugs.
      Linda

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  11. I have never ate at Cracker Barrel but I'm intrigued including cheese in a meatloaf. I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!

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  12. Congratulations, Linda! Your post will be featured this week at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you SO very much Jennifer!

      hugs,
      Linda

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  13. I haven't made meatloaf in ages, but this looks tasty! I hopped over from What's for Dinner Sunday #8 and now I'm hungry...

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    1. Hope you like it!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Linda

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    2. Linda I made this today and oh my word is it good. My house smells so good. Made a great cold sandwich also..Thank you so very much for posting it.

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    3. Oh Dottie! So happy you enjoyed it!!!! Thanks for letting me know. Gabe really loves this recipe- said it is now on the top of his favorites.

      Hugs
      Linda

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  14. I am sure this is delicious with those buttery Ritz!!! :) Thank you for sharing another great and actually doable recipe on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Linda :)

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  15. This recipe for meatloaf looks so amazing.
    Thanks for sharing it at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  16. I've never eaten at Cracker Barrel before, but this looks great! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you'll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

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    1. It's Polly's favorite place and she looked at me like I had two heads when I said I never ate there! LOL

      Hope you like it as much as we did.

      Hugs,
      Linda

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely recipe with us at Weekend Potluck. It received most clicks at last week's party! YAY you! =) Please be sure to stop by again this week, if you haven't already, and enjoy a great weekend. http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2015/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-squares.html

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    1. I been there and wanted to personality thank you but I don't belong to google plus so I could not leave a comment.

      Many, Many Thanks for the feature!

      I'll be back again soon. Thanks for hosting.

      Hugs,
      Linda

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  18. I love a good meatloaf! This sounds yummy!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Please don't forget to enter the $25 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway that ends tomorrow night!

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    1. So does my hubby! This is now his favorite.

      hugs,
      Linda

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  19. I have never had Cracker Barrel's meatloaf but this looks really good.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,
    Bev

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  20. I have never tried meatloaf but I love the look of this recipe - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. Amber it is now my hubby's favorite!

      Thanks for the pin.

      Hugs,
      Linda

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  21. I love meatloaf although we don't have it very often but I love your recipes and the little extra variations you use. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  22. I've heard great things about Cracker Barrel but have never eaten there. I'll have to fix that when I'm next in Florida! Your meatloaf looks delicious - I like the addition of the Ritz crackers, Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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  23. This is similar to the Cracker Barrel but theirs has green pepper in it and no cheese. If you leave out the eggs it will be much more moist. Also I use oatmeal instead of cracker crumbs and that works great too.

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    1. I have another recipe that uses oatmeal also and it's really good.

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  24. I can't wait to try this!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  25. This recipe looks really good! Shirley Perdue is correct, Cracker Barrel's meatloaf does contain chopped green pepper. I know, because I don't care for them and spend half my time picking out the little pieces. I wouldn't have guessed it contained cheese, I bet that makes a difference. I wonder how it would be with the beef-pork-veal meatloaf mix they sell in most supermarkets? My mother also used that to make meatballs. Thanks for making me hungry for meatloaf, lol!

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    1. I use the beef/pork/veal once in awhile. I does make a difference in the taste.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Linda

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  26. This looks fabulous! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! It’s great to party with you! I have pinned all your posts to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again this week! xo

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  27. This looks amazing. Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday! You will be featured this week.

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    1. Thank you so VERY much Erin!

      Hugs,
      Linda

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  28. I love meatloaf. This looks good, but I hate ketchup. I know I am un-American. I might try it with out it.
    Bev

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  29. I love meatloaf and this sure looks good Linda.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

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  30. I haven't made meatloaf in ages. I have to try this. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and get a chance to be featured!
    Pinned and shared.

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