1 pound of each: lean ground beef; ground pork; ground turkey or chicken (ground veal is good too)
2 cups Italian style bread crumbs
1 pkg. Beefy onion soup mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven 350°. Mix all ingredients and shape into loaf. Stick your finger in the middle of the loaf making a hole all the way through. Place on rack in roasting pan and cook 1 1/2 hours or until the hole in center is closed…that means it is done. May need to add a little water to bottom of roasting pan from time to time during cooking to keep grease for smoking up oven. Remove loaf from oven; add water from mashed potatoes to pan; if there is a lot of lumps in drippings in bottom of pan, take a tea strainer, hold over sauce pan and strain drippings before you thicken with cornstarch for gravy. This makes a nice smooth gravy.