Imagine a sunny Sunday morning with large rocking chairs swinging on the porch and the smell of freshly baked biscuits in the air. The scene may sound familiar, and that’s because it’s what you’ll find at America’s favorite breakfast chain: Cracker Barrel. Famous for its hospitality and reliable locations off America’s highways, Cracker Barrel is the epitome of down home cookin’ with its massive portion sizes and pegboard games at every table. If you’re not lucky enough to have a Cracker Barrel in your neighborhood, you don’t have to look far to recreate the restaurant chain’s breakfast at home.
Read on for recipes including sweet fried apples, world-famous hash brown casserole, and those iconic fluffy biscuits that you can make within the comfort of your own home. No long wait times or gift shop browsing required for any of these award-winning breakfast ideas.
Almost every breakfast at Cracker Barrel includes the famous fried apples as a side item. Sticky sweet and softened to perfection, these apples are anything but the ‘healthy’ side you may be accustomed to. Pair these alongside two sunny-side-up eggs and bacon for a complete meal. Get the recipe.
Oh yes, this is what we came for. Cracker Barrel’s rich, salty, and cheesy hashbrown casserole may be the reason their long wait exists. Don’t even worry about counting calories when it comes to this slice of potato heaven. Whip up a double batch for a brunch party and pair with classic Chicken Fried Steak and biscuits. Get the recipe.
Hot and fresh out of the oven, these dreamy buttermilk biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to any breakfast at Cracker Barrel. You can kid yourself and get the whole wheat toast, but you don’t have to lie to us—we know it’s all about the biscuit. Don’t forget the butter and homemade preserves! Get the recipe.
It’s always a good idea to start your mornings with a solid protein option that keeps you full throughout the day. That option might not typically include chicken fried steak, but with a draping of hot Sawmill gravy, your protein goals might only keep you full until the inevitable nap 20 minutes later. Get the recipe.
If you want to go the “healthy” route, we really won’t judge you. Stick to the Fresh Start Sampler, which includes blueberry muffins, turkey sausage, and a side of regret that you didn’t go for the chicken fried steak. Plus, these muffins will freeze well for Cracker Barrel cravings all year long. Get the recipe.
As included on any true Southern breakfast menu, cheesy grits have their rightful place. You can get them alongside bacon or sausage at the restaurant, but feel free to switch up the menu in your own home. Get the recipe.
Cracker Barrel’s largest breakfast is named ‘Uncle Herschel’s Favorite’ and includes eggs, grits, fried apples or hash browns, your choice of meat (like these pork chops), plus all the fixins (biscuits, gravy, butter, and jam). The best part about making this spread at home is that you don’t have to walk far to get to the couch. Get the recipe.
It wouldn’t be a breakfast menu without a pancake option (sorry waffle fanatics). You can get these hotcakes with a side of thick-sliced bacon or sausage to balance out the sweet and salt. Plus, you can use that mini bottle of maple syrup you definitely stuck in your purse from your last visit to Cracker Barrel. Get the recipe.