Hanky Panky is a traditionally Cincinnati style appetizer with meat and cheese on toast that is also sometimes called a Polish Mistake.
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Hanky Panky is my recipe of the day with the blogging group From Our Dinner Table. We group weekly on Sundays to post recipes on various topics. And this week we are sharing recipes for New Year’s Eve Parties.
The Hanky Pankies are a local Cincinnati favorite of beef and pork mixed with cheese on small party appetizer breads. The origin supposedly comes from the West Side of Cincinnati in years past.
They do include processed cheese, which is not for everyone, so the Velveeta haters should go ahead and try a different cheese or just pass this one by.
In the local area, this one is a favorite of the Cincinnati Bengals footballs fans, who eat this at tailgates and watch parties religiously. It is also a favorite at other gatherings and parties, with New Year’s Eve being no exception.
Prepping for New Years Parties
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- Confetti Champagne Cocktail from Our Good Life
- Deviled Potatoes from The Spiffy Cookie
- Grilled Party Kabobs from The Freshman Cook
- Hanky Panky from Palatable Pastime
- Lil Smokies Recipe Pigs in a Blanket from Devour Dinner
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- Moonshine Margarita from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
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- Pizza Pigs In A Blanket from Making Miracles
- Sorbet Champagne Cocktail from Art of Natural Living
The name might be a bit obscure, but I think it might have something to do with being like “Sex on a Shingle” (with some foods being called Sex…whatever, like better than Sex Cake) but it also has connections with S.O.S. (chipped beef) as well.
The taste is very homey and comfort food. And although the traditional way is to make this with hot pork sausage (hot sex?) I’d say if you have someone that doesn’t like spicy, stick to regular sausage. You could always tuck a few jalapeno slices into a couple for those who want things heated up.
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- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound pork sausage (hot if you like spicy)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 pound Velveeta processed American cheese
- 12 ounce package Pepperidge Farm dark pumpernickel Party Bread
- 12 slices individually wrapped Velveeta cheese
- Brown sausage with beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and oregano; drain any fat.
- Dice block cheese and add to hot meat mixture, stirring until the cheese melts.
- Spread bread slices on a baking tray and place a scoop of meat on each.
- Unwrap cheese slices and cut each slice into six thin strips.
- Place two strips in an X on the meat.
- Place pan under the broiler until the cheese melts and serve hot.
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