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Cracker Barrel Style Old Country Store Meatloaf

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Cracker Barrel Style Old Country Store Meatloaf

There is nothing like meatloaf the way Mom makes it, unless you're making it like Cracker Barrel! This Cracker Barrel recipe is one of our many copycat recipes from restaurants. Try it yourself to see if it compares!

Ingredients
  • 10 pounds ground beef
  • 30 ounces onion, chopped 1/4-inch square
  • 1 pound diced green bell peppers
  • 10 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 quart diced canned tomatoes
  • 2 1/4 cups grated biscuit crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
     
  2. Place all in large bowl, mix completely with gloved hand.
     
  3. Place in 3 loaf pans. press down with spoon.
     
  4. Bake at 300 degrees F in convection oven for 60 minutes.
     
  5. Remove from oven and invert each loaf over 8-inch wire rack to drain grease and juice.
     
  6. Spread 1/2 cup of catsup over each loaf.
     
  7. Cut into portions 5 to 6 ounces each and keep warm. Makes 42 five ounce servings.
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As in most recipes, large eggs are used, would like to have a converter with the recipe heading so that we can change the number of serving size, as recommended by another poster!! Thanks for posting this recipe will adapt it to one for my small family!!

I will try this recipe but people - really? What size eggs? How much for s single loaf? For these people STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!! Please you may hurt someone. My question is mor complicated how sharp should my knife be when it is sharp?? Now that's a question.

Great taste, but I agree it would have been more helpful to give the ingredient list for a single loaf. Even after breaking down the amounts listed, one single loaf does NOT fit into a regular loaf pan. I made two loaves and ended up putting all the ingredients into a 9x13 baking pan---it still overflowed grease into the bottom of the oven. I had even drained off grease two times during the cooking process (by the way, 2 loaves take about an hour and a half!). I would definitely recommend using a 2-3 qt. casserole dish for one loaf. I would also use the petite diced canned tomatoes, or else chop up your canned tomatoes in your processor a bit. For those interested, here is the breakdown for one loaf: 3 to 3-1/3 lbs. ground beef (use 85% lean or higher if possible...less grease!). 1 cup plus 2-1/2 Tablespoons chopped onion; 2/3 cup diced green bell pepper; either just 3 eggs, or 3 eggs plus 4 tsp of liquid egg (like Eggbeaters); 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. salt; 1-1/2 tsp. pepper; 2 cups diced tomatoes (with liquid--or just use one 15 oz. can); 3/4 cup biscuit crumbs (I made up 5 Bisquick biscuits and used 2). Worth making!

still way to much for one loaf pan

I give up! What size loaf pans? What size eggs? You people have GOT to start giving recipes with more info!

Cracker Barrel and KFC is no comparison. Cracker Barrel is the Champagne and KFC is the wine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

their meatloaf is wonderful, now the recipe that i would really love is their "Beefy Cabbage Soup" that they make with their leftover meatloaf. it is delicious! let me know if you can come up with it. :)

A conversion to a recipe size that feeds something less than a small army would be more helpful.

@kywoman: Thanks for your comment. Let us know how this recipe turns out for you if you end up making it. - RecipeLion Editors

I cannot wait to try the meat loaf but until I know what I am doing I will freeze what is left over and have a sandwich the next day etc., Thanks. Cracker Barrel has one of the best meat loafs ever. BY:PCS

Hello AndyGump, Thank you for your thoughts and comments. We appreciate the feedback.

The "Lion" is just telling you how Restaurant XXX cooks a product. It's up to you, the individual cook, to make adjustments. It's not rocket science to figure out how to down size or up size as the case may be, a recipe to suit your needs. Most any cook that can boil water should be capable of handling it. In fact a lot of cooks I know always adjust something in about every recipe they use.

AndyGump was correct on his answer, it shouldn't be that difficult to break down the amount in any recipe

could you please cut it down to "real people size" we are a family of four,Not fourteen!!!

Hello LJR13069, Thanks for the great idea and tips, we appreciate the feedback!

Instead of cutting the recipe, why not make as is and freeze? I have not tried this but it just seems that if you are making it anyhow, why not just be prepared for those times when you just don't know what to make or you don't have the time yet want to serve a great meal. Or cut up and bag for quick to fix lunches on those hectic days.

The reason for not making the recipe as is and decreasing proportionately the ingredients is because many of us cannot afford 10 pounds of meat at a time just for meatloaf! Some of us live on fixed incomes, are retired and do not need lunches packed.

I'm not feeding an army; just 2 people! geez

cut recipe into ONE PAN vs. what 1 might use for a restaurant!!br What I would do isbr 1.5-2 gr. round or equivalent I normally use 1.5 beef 12 sausage.br 1-2 eggs, 1 per .br 1 can stewed tomatoes, SW brand with flavor chosenbr 1 onion, chopped or sliced, I use choppedbr omit salt as onion gives it or use less for less meat.br less pepper.br 34-1C oatmeal --adjust if needed amount meat used to compensate.br flavored bread crumbs depending on what you need after oatmeal.br use catsup in or outside I have used A-1 sauce inside on top.br Find a BBQ sauce use in or on top spread thin on top.br I would cook it @ 350 60 min. check if sausage is used.

Thanks so much for the feedback elysummers! And sorry for any confusion on this recipe. Some of our reader submitted recipes are slightly unclear and we're trying to get to them all. Thanks!

Well using a calculator to divide this by one fifth of the recipe. 2 lbs ground beef 1/2 cup onion 1/4 cup green pepper 2 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper 1/2 can of 16 oz tomatoes. Happy day all!

Sounds good but need recipe for average family of 4

This definitely needs to be cut down to serve only 6 to 8 people. It sounds good, just way too large.

Recipe needs to be altered for 1 loaf pan.

It's the same as my recipe, except I use either Ritz cracker crumbs or mashed corn flakes.

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