Having started with one small steakhouse, Golden Corral Corporation has grown into one of the nation's strongest family restaurant chains. The ability to adapt to changing tastes allowed Golden Corral to continue growing during the 1980s and 1990s as changes in eating habits and increased competition brought drastic change to the family steakhouse business. Success continued in the 2000s as well--by 2003 the company operated and franchised 467 restaurants throughout the United States, serving 167.5 million guests that year.



Golden Corral Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ to 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup tomato juice or tomato sauce (Do not use ketchup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, basil, cloves, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, beat eggs with milk. Add to meat mixture along with oil and tomato juice. Mix well with hands.

Form into loaf shape and put into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. (Alternately, form into a loaf and place on a baking sheet with sides, lined with parchment, such as a jellyroll pan.) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove and drain well; serve with brown gravy if desired.

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