If you have never had a Hanky Panky, you are in for a treat! There is nothing improper about this Hanky Panky Recipe for old-fashioned, delicious, cocktail rye bread appetizers, sometimes called a "polish mistake," topped with a combination of sausage, hamburger meat and, what else, lots of gooey cheesy goodness!
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: Christmas appetizer, easy appetizers, party food, tailgating
1loafparty rye breadsometimes called cocktail rye bread
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Add ground beef and sausage to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir and cook until browned. Use a potato masher or large fork to break up any large clumps of meat.
When the meat has browned, drain off any excess fat.
Add oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and fennel seeds. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 20 minutes.
Cut the cheese into cubes and add to the meat mixture. Stir until the cheese has melted and everything is thoroughly blended, remove from the heat.
Use a small ice-cream scoop (about 1¼ inches in diameter) or a tablespoon to add a dollop of the meat and cheese mixture to each piece of bread.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the bread is toasted and the topping is bubbling.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
To make ahead, put the prepared Hanky Pankies on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer for an hour or so until they are frozen. Remove from the baking sheet and store in a gallon-size plastic freezer bag in the freezer. To bake, place the frozen Hanky Pankies on a baking sheet and bake as directed above.
If you can't find the cocktail rye bread, cocktail pumpernickel bread is a good substitute.
At Publix, loaves of party or cocktail rye bread are near the deli with flatbreads and pita bread.