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Celebrate Groundhog Day with a meat loaf. Whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not, meat loaf will cheer up your spirits. Why? Well, it's not any ordinary meat loaf -- ours is shaped like a groundhog. Yes, a groundhog. Our recommendation is to serve it on a bed of snow-white mashed potatoes. And if the little critter did see his shadow today, feel free to draw one on the mashed potatoes in your favorite condiment, be it ketchup or steak sauce.

What you'll need:
3 slices white bread
1/2 cup milk
12 ounces ground beef
12 ounces ground dark-meat turkey
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (or a packet of onion soup mix if you prefer)
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 black olive
2 raisins

What you'll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a small bowl, break up the slices of white bread and pour the milk over them. Let soak for 2 or 3 minutes until most of the milk is absorbed. Gather the bread together in your hands and squeeze out the excess milk. Place the moistened bread in a large bowl.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the black olive and raisins, to the bread in the large bowl. Smush the mixture together with your hands until everything is well blended. Do not overmix, or you'll have a leaden meat loaf.
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