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“A family meal beats social networking and neighborly conversation as the number one way to increase civic responsibility – those who eat regularly with their loved ones are more likely to vote, get involved in community activities and volunteer” (from a joint study by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship as read in the Readers Digest).


family meatloaf

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground beef

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 package dry onion soup mix (I made my own by mixing 2 tablespoons beef granules,  1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes and 1/4 teaspoon each of celery seed, paprika and black pepper)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons steak sauce

1 onion, chopped

Heat oven to 350F. Mix together pork, beef, cheese, onion soup mix, eggs, ketchup, steak sauce and onion, until well combined.

Press into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until cooked through and no pink remains.


Recipe adapted from allrecipes