Hanky Panky Recipe

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Hanky Panky is the kind of appetizer that has been around for ages, and yet still, so many people haven’t heard of it or gotten the chance to enjoy something SO flavorful. It’s one of my all-time favorite appetizers, so I just had to share this Hanky Panky Recipe with you. 

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This easy appetizer consists of ground beef, ground sausage, Velveeta cheese, and a blend of seasonings served on bread. If you’re looking for something fun, flavorful, and different to serve, whether you’re hosting a party or having a few friends over, these individual appetizers are a great choice.

ingredients needed to make hanky panky recipe

Hanky Panky Appetizer Ingredients:

Prepare this delicious Hanky Panky Recipe with the following ingredients:

  • Ground Beef – Grab a pound of lean ground beef for this recipe. I like to use 80/20.
  • Ground Sausage – You will also need a pound of ground sausage for the zesty flavor it brings to this simple dish.
  • Velveeta Cheese – Use a 16-ounce package of Velveeta for this recipe. Cut it down into cubes to make it easier to work with.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes into the mixture. It adds a slight hint of spice without making this dish too spicy.
  • Garlic Powder – Use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder for added flavor.
  • Cocktail Rye Bread – Don’t forget the cocktail party rye bread! You will add the meaty, cheesy mixture on top.

Besides these ingredients, all you need is a bit of oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and chopped parsley. Of course, the parsley is optional, but I like to garnish the Hanky Panky Recipe with it.

How To Make This Hanky Panky Recipe

It’s easy to make this Hanky Panky Recipe within minutes! Follow these simple instructions to get started:

  • Prep Your Ingredients – Set your oven to 425 degrees F. While you wait for it to heat up, brown your ground beef and ground sausage, draining them before you use them. 
  • Add Your Ingredients to the Skillet – Next, toss your cheese with the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and oregano into the skillet with the meat. Set your skillet on medium-low and allow your cheese to melt before spreading the mixture on top of the bread.
  • Bake Your Hanky Panky on Bread – Place your bread slices on top of a baking pan lined with parchment paper and put them in the oven. Bake for six minutes, wait for the cheese to bubble, and then remove from the oven. Sprinkle a bit of parsley on top and serve while still warm!

Hanky Panky Recipe Variations & Substitutions:

Switch things up a bit with these different variations of the Hanky Panky Recipe. Customize to your liking when preparing this dish.

  • Meat: If you don’t want to use ground beef, you can always swap it out for ground turkey, pork, or chicken. Of course, this will change the flavor of the recipe just a bit, but it will still taste good. Use your favorite type of pork sausage for this recipe. Any brand and flavor will work well with ground beef, cheese, and more. Jimmy Dean is one of my favorite brands of ground sausage to use.
  • Additions: You can add some chopped jalapenos or a can of Rotel to this Hanky Panky Recipe if you want to add a bit of heat to the dish.
  • Cheese: we recommend not using other cheeses other than Velvetta. You can always try using cheddar cheese, but don’t expect the same result. Velvetta tends to have a creamier texture and works very well with this recipe.
  • Bread: Pumpernickel bread is a nice alternative to Rye or any other cocktail bread. Of course you can also use gluten free bread if needed.
cooked hanky panky on spatula

How To Store:

Place the meat mixture in an air tight container. You can refrigerate for up to 3 days. This is a great meal to prepare ahead of time if you are planning to serve at your holiday party.

Freezing: Place the ingredients in a freezer safe container once the meat mixture has cooled. It’s best to store in individual containers so you can take out smaller portions for however many people are attending your gathering.

One the meat mixture is thawed, spoon on your rye bread and bake for 15 minutes and serve.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you don’t want to serve this on cocktail rye bread because you’re not a fan of rye bread, you can serve this on top of tortilla chips. I’ve served it on them before, and the cheese and meat taste great with the saltiness and crispiness of the tortilla chips.
  • Save yourself some prep time by browning your ground beef and ground sausage in advance. After browning the meats, store them in the fridge until you’re ready to make this Hanky Panky Recipe.
  • Having trouble finding the cocktail rye bread? It’s not always easy to find, so if you don’t see it at your grocery store, feel free to use regular rye bread, which should be super easy to find.

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Hanky Panky Recipe

This Hanky Panky Recipe takes a fun twist on an old-fashioned recipe, leaving you with the perfect appetizer. Enjoy this at home with family and friends or whenever you're in the mood for a meaty, cheesy dish!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Cocktail rye bread
  • Chopped parsley for garnish optional


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • In a large pan, over medium heat, brown the ground beef and ground sausage.
  • Drain the meat and return back to the pan.
  • Add in velveeta cheese, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, oregano and worcestershire sauce. Return the pan to medium low heat. Continue to mix until velveeta cheese has melted completely.
  • Spread a tablespoon of mixture to cocktail rye bread and place on a pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 6 minutes or until the cheese topping is bubbling.
  • Top with parsley before serving if you wish.

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  • You can also serve the cheese mixture with tortilla chips as a dip.
  • You can brown ground beef and sausage ahead of time and store in the refrigerator to use at a later date to cut down on preparation time.
  • If you can’t find cocktail rye bread, regular slices of rye bread will also work.
  • Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze in a single layer for 1 month.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 1mg