This hanky panky recipe combines sausage and cheese on top of pumpernickel bread in a classic appetizer recipe that's sure to be a hit. In under 30 minutes, you've got a crowd-pleasing snack!
Every family has those recipes hidden in their vaults. The ones they make year after year, holiday after holiday, birthday after birthday.
You forget that there is even a “recipe” because you’ve made them so many times you have it memorized. That is this hanky panky recipe for me!
You know the kind of recip - friends comes over, love something you've made and ask for the recipe. Then you have to stumble and think and try to recall exactly how you made it.
Because nobody is ever happy with just ingredients, they want exact measurements. Am I right?
This hanky panky recipe is a staple at our family functions. Late at night, after dinner has been eaten, dessert has been demolished, my mom always brings out a hot plate of this hanky panky appetizer. Always.
It turns out, this hanky panky recipe goes very well with a game of cards, laughter, and late night hunger pains!
Just be warned, these don’t last long. By the time you take a batch out of the oven, the plate is empty and waiting for the next batch.
Hanky Panky Recipe Ingredients
- Dark pumpernickel bread - I like using the party bread, the kind with smaller slices. Alternately you could substitute rye although I'm partial to a hanky panky recipe made with pumpernickel bread.
- Pork sausage - My family prefers pork sausage when making hanky panky, but seem people use a mix of beef and pork. In that case I suggest using 50/50 pork sausage and ground beef.
- Velveeta cheese - Creamy Velveeta cheese is honestly what makes this hanky panky recipe so epic.
How to Make Hanky Panky Appetizers
Step 1. Add sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned and cooked through.
Step 2. Once cooked, drain off the excess fat from the sausage. Preheat oven to 425° F
Step 3. Add Velveeta to the skillet with the browned pork and melt over low heat, stirring frequently until well blended.
Step 4. Lay out bread slices in a single layer across a baking sheet.
Step 5. Scoop meat and cheese mixture onto each slice of bread, then bake for about 15 minutes until brown and bubbly.
Make this Hanky Panky Recipe Ahead of Time
- First, plan your menu in advance! Do your shopping as early as possible. Seriously, you don’t want to be out there while the shelves are empty!
- These Hanky Pankies can be made up ahead of time. There is rarely a time when my mom doesn’t have a batch of these in her freezer!
- Brown your sausage, add the cheese and assemble as directed in the instructions below. Before baking them however, lay them on a flat cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. After an hour, when they have begun to harden, stack them in a freezer safe Ziploc bag! Label and save them until ready to serve.
- When your party has arrived, and you think it’s time to bring out a batch, place them on your cookie sheet while frozen. Bake a few extra minutes until the bottom crisps up and the cheese begins to sizzle. PERFECTION!
Enjoy a batch of this hanky panky recipe today! Or tomorrow. Or make them for New Year's Eve!
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