This is one of those fancy-dan recipes when you want to impress the crowd. It calls for a ring mold, and that could be metal, copper, ceramic or other. I use a 6 cup Bundt mold. Be it as it may, the recipe is quite simple. Note that for the meat part, you can use beef, pork, chicken or my choice, ground turkey. Also, I finish the whole thing in a microwave. Now, I don't usually cook with a microwave. My experience has been that a microwave is great for heating up stuff, and that's about it. I've yet to cook a passable rice dish with it. Much as I've tried, it never comes out right. But in this recipe I was strapped for time so, rather than bake the thing in an oven (which would have taken longer than I anticipated), I finished it off in the microwave. And, guess what? It came out pretty good. For the chili sauce part, you can make your own, or store-bought is just as good. I'm not a purist in that regard.
MEAT RING WITH CHILI SAUCE
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, chicken, pork, or lean ground beef
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced into thin rings
2 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon mustard
Ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 cup chili sauce
1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add ground meat and cook over high heat until it loses its red color.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, oatmeal, eggs, milk, mustard, black pepper and oregano. Cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes.
3. Pack into a greased ring mold; and microwave on high for 10 minutes or until meat starts to pull from sides of mold. Invert into a serving platter, top with chili sauce, and serve.
Yield: 4 or more servings.