Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe
This Cracker Barrel copycat meatloaf recipe will shock you -- it's better than the original!
Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf is an easy recipe that you don't even have to leave the house for. This is one of the best meatloaf recipes around and we're sure you'll see why after just one bite! This recipe is made with hash browns instead of the traditional breadcrumbs, which really gives it a unique flavor and texture. Plus, if you happen to like hash browns as much as us, you welcome them in any form in any dish!
In restaurants, you might wonder why the food tastes so much better than what you make at home, but you'll never have to wonder that again. We've captured all of the best parts of the Cracker Barrel meatloaf recipe. So don't bother going out to eat for dinner anymore! Try making this recipe for dinner tonight for a comforting meal the whole family will flock to the table for.
Preparation Time15 min
Cooking Time1 hr
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes, well drained
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup frozen shredded hash browns
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup ketchup
Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients, except the ketchup.
Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Place meat on the sheet pan and form into a loaf. Spread the ketchup on top of the loaf.
Bake the meatloaf in the preheated 350 degree F oven for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
Transfer the meatloaf to serving platter and slice.
How do I keep meatloaf from falling apart?
Try letting the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before you cut into it. You can also use ground beef with a higher fat content (less than 90% lean). The fat actually helps hold the meatloaf together, so meat that's too lean can result in a dry, crumbly meatloaf.
What's the best ground beef for meatloaf?
If you're using all ground beef, like in this recipe, we recommend 80% lean ground beef (80/20) or 70% lean ground beef (70/30). Because meatloaf cooks for a long time in the oven, the extra fat in the recipe will help keep the dish from drying out. It will also help keep your meatloaf from falling apart, as we mention above!
What can I use in meatloaf instead of bread crumbs?
Ritz crackers, saltines, oats, and rice can all be used instead of bread crumbs in meatloaf. Basically, you just need something bready or starchy to help bind the loaf together. As you can see in this recipe, you can even use hash browns!
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