Monday, October 26, 2009

Hanky Pankies

If you're a cheese purist (anti-Velveeta) or are here in search of a healthy appetizer, read no further. Just please come back tomorrow and I promise you'll find something more to your liking.

OK. For the two of you who are remaining, let me share my recipe for Hanky Pankies, and then the three of us can hit the gym afterward, OK? OK.

Hanky Pankies are one of my go-to foods for parties. Why? Because they're easy and they can be made ahead and kept in the freezer until needed. They're also one of the first things to disappear from the food table every time I make them. With the holidays approaching, you can be sure that I will have at least two gallon baggies of these in my freezer at all times.

Hanky Pankies

1 pound bulk sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed (see note below)
1 TBSP Worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic salt
party rye or pumpernickel bread

In large skillet brown sausage and ground beef. Drain. Return meat to skillet and return skillet to burner. With burner turned off, add Velveeta and cover skillet with lid. The Velveeta will take just a few minutes to melt. When melted, stir to combine. Stir in garlic salt and Worchestershire sauce. Let mixture cool for 10-15 minutes so the cheese thickens back up a bit. Top each piece of party bread with a heaping tablespoon of the meat and cheese mixture. Place breads on wax paper-covered baking sheets in a single layer and freeze for about an hour. Remove from baking sheet to gallon-size freezer bags and store in freezer.

To bake: Preheat oven to 425. Place desired number of hanky pankies on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

NOTE: I have tried this recipe with 2% Velveeta and it works, but the richness is lost. And let's face it; the rest of the ingredients pretty much slam the door on this being a figure-friendly recipe in the first place.


CookiePie said...

I love that you call them "Hanky Pankies"!!! Life is too short to turn up your nose at the occasional Velveeta recipe.

lockednks said...

We have been making hanky panky in my family as far back as I can remember. I freeze it in small batches so I can just heat it up for a snack sometimes.

June said...

Love the ingredients, love to eat 'em and come on, who doesn't like a little Hanky Panky anyway! Thanks Mags, I'd forgotten about these little gems. I'll be putting them on my holiday list.

Mags said...

CookiePie: Thanks! I'm not sure how or who named these, but we've always known them as Hanky Pankies.

lockednks: This recipe goes way back, doesn't it.

June: Have you known these as hanky pankies too? I'm just curious if there's another name for them.

Velva said...

This is a great appetizer recipe! I can see why these treats disappear so quickly. Love it! By the way, love the name hnaky-panky too.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Sometimes there are just no substitutes...that's one of those "Have to Indulge" recipes...

Stay Cozy, Carrie

stephchows said...

WOW... lol I love your disclaimer... and the invite to the gym for afterward hahah awesome :)

June said...

Mags - the answer to your "Hanky Panky" question is no - just as "Hot Hor D'Oeuvres" that I've made for years out of an Iowa Junior League cookbook. I like your name much, much better!

Mags said...

Velva: Thanks! It really is a good stand by recipe to have on hand.

Carrie: Thanks for commenting!

Steph: HEE!(I really do try to behave.)

June: Thanks. I figured it would be named something else in different parts of the country.

Kelly said...

Hee! I've never heard them called that before. My parents call them "Three pounders" because of the ingredients. They're so bad, yet so good.

Mags said...

Kelly: I love it! Three pounders! It makes so much sense and totally helps with remembering the amounts that go into the recipe.

Kimmie said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am sure this would be a great help to have premade and ready to go when company comes. Just so happens that I have company coming on Friday...thanks for helping me out ;-)

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted
*expecting again...from Ethiopia
(she is about 11)

Carrie said...

Our family has always called them Scooby Snacks. Who knows? We love them.

linton said...

I have taken these to work and after heating them in the oven, I stack them up in a crockpot on low or warm to keep them hot. The fact that you can freeze them is really one of the best things about them besides eating them.

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Anonymous said...

we call them polish surprise in PA.

nancy rager said...

Okay I now have a wonderful naughty Holiday pleasure. These are great but I used Zesty Hot sausage in hopes that I would sweat off a couple of the calories while eating. HMMMMM nancy