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This zesty and delicious old fashioned appetizer will disappear in seconds it's so good!
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Hanky panky appetizers are another one of those good, old-fashioned recipes that my grandma brought out on special occasions. This combination of pork, beef and Velveeta cheese on top of rye or pumpernickel bread has been one of my favorite appetizers to make.

If you’re looking for more appetizer ideas, make sure you check out our little smokies, our amazing cream cheese dip.

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  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 pound hot pork sausage
  • 1 pound velveeta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Rye or pumpernickel bread


Swap out the hamburger, pork, and Velveeta mixture for buffalo chicken dip.

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To make hanky panky appetizers, first, start by browning the hamburger and sausage meat with a little oil in a frying pan. Once the meat has browned, drain off the excess oil and meat juices and quickly wipe the frying pan clean with a paper towel.   

Put the stove on low heat and return the hamburger and sausage meat to the pan. Add the Velveeta cheese and ½ teaspoon of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of oregano and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to the pan with the meat and mix well on low heat.

Once the cheese has melted and the meat has been thoroughly mixed with all the other ingredients, spread your hanky panky on your choice of rye or pumpernickel bread. Hey-presto! There you have a delicious, quick, and easy meal for the whole family to enjoy or a great cocktail food to serve at your next dinner party!

The thing I love the most about this hanky panky recipe is that you can freeze the portions individually and then put them all in a plastic bag for storage in your freezer. 

When you’re ready to use your hanky panky recipe, simply place the mini individual portions in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes to cook.

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There are so many ways that you could serve your mini individual portions. It makes for the perfect appetizer, hot snack or cocktail party crowd-pleaser.

Personally, I have found that the best way to serve hanky panky is with extra cheese on top to melt! Admittedly, I love all things cheese.

Others enjoy hanky panky with Worcestershire sauce or with oregano as extra garnishings aside from what’s already in the recipe.

Sometimes, I like to make this hanky panky recipe with spicy Velveeta to add a bit more flavor!

In my family, we have always served hanky panky on rye or pumpernickel bread, but there’s no reason why you can’t serve it on another bread of your choosing. If you wanted to make this hanky panky recipe gluten-free, simply serve it on gluten-free bread, tortilla chips or a baked potato — and make sure that the sausage and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free as well.

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What’s not to love about a dish that is easy to prepare and effortlessly serves a large crowd? Make individual appetizers on slices of rye bread or whip up a batch in the crockpot and serve it over tortilla chips.

This hanky panky recipe is a quick and easy crowd-pleasing appetizer. My grandma would always serve it at big family dinners. We’ve served these appetizers at baby showers, gender reveal parties, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and even Easter! Basically any time our family gets together. And there is never a morsel left.


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Hanky Panky Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This zesty and delicious old fashioned appetizer will disappear in seconds it’s so good!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 pound hot pork sausage
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Rye or pumpernickel bread


  • Brown the meat and drain well and return to pan. Add Velveeta cheese, ½ teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon oregano and one teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
  • Spread on individual-sized pumpernickel bread then bake at 425°F for 5 minutes, until bread is toasted and topping is bubbling.


You can also freeze individually by storing in a single layer in a freezer safe bag or container. Remove and bake for 10-15 minutes at 425°F.


Calories: 200kcal
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  1. Beth says

    5 stars
    I also add onion to it while browning the meat.. and for a dip add some Peach/Mango Salsa to it!.. YUMMMMM


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