Rotel Hanky Panky Recipe

Rotel Hanky Panky Recipe – sausage, Rotel tomatoes, Worcestershire, and Velveeta cheese baked on top of sweet Hawaiian roll slices create a flavor explosion that’s impossible to resist. These bite-sized delights are perfect for parties, game nights, or anytime you crave cheesy, spicy, and utterly delicious snacks. Serve them up and watch them disappear in no time!!

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Rotel Sausage & Cheese Toasts

Rotel Hanky Panky appetizers are an absolute taste sensation that’ll have you coming back for more. Savory sausage cooked to perfection, blended with the zesty kick of Rotel tomatoes and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, all generously smothered in creamy Velveeta cheese and spread on top of sweet Hawaiian roll slices. This flavorful mixture is lovingly baked atop slices of soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls, creating a delectable marriage of textures and tastes. Each bite is a harmonious blend of spicy, cheesy, and savory notes, perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the rolls. These appetizers are a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re serving them at a game day gathering, a holiday party, or just a casual get-together with friends.

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How to Make Hanky Panky Appetizers

This appetizer is SUPER easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook pork sausage over medium-high heat until crumbled and no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain excess fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, and Velveeta cheese. Stir just until combined. 

Using a serrated knife, cut Hawaiian Rolls into four slices. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes. Spread the meat mixture onto the toasted slices. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Jimmy Dean sausage. You can use any brand or flavor of sausage that you enjoy.
    • I like to use hot pork sausage, but mild sausage also works great.
    • Can substitute turkey sausage.
    • If you don’t like sausage? Feel free to substitute ground beef.
  • Do not overheat the Velveeta. You just want it warm enough to stir into the sausage. Overheating the Velvetta will make queso dip!
  • Can I use cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta? We recommend using Velveeta because it melts wonderfully and adds so much flavor to the meat mixture. If you prefer to not use Velveeta you can substitute cheddar cheese.
  • Use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free recipe.
  • Feel free to add your favorite spices to the cheese mixture: oregano, garlic salt, or red pepper flakes are all great additions.
  • Hanky Panky recipes traditionally use cocktail rye bread. I’ve had a hard time finding the cocktail bread over the past few years, so I substituted sliced Hawaiian Rolls.
    • You can substitute party pumpernickel bread, English muffins, or slider buns.
    • Serve the meat mixture on hamburger buns for sandwiches at lunch or dinner.
  • Can I freeze Hanky Panky appetizers? Yes. Assemble the toasts and place them in a single layer on a baking pan. Place the pan in the freezer. Once the toasts are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Hanky Panky Recipe for Parties

These cocktail toasts are a favorite at our house. We love to make them for breakfast, parties, and tailgating! They are super simple and everyone loves them! I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! 

To create a well-rounded appetizer spread, consider offering a platter of fresh veggies with a creamy ranch dip, providing a refreshing contrast to the spicy kick of the sausage toasts. A bowl of homemade salsa with tortilla chips can add extra zing and crunch to the table. For those looking for a heartier pairing, consider a bowl of chili or warm baked potato. A side of mixed greens or a simple salad with a light vinaigrette can provide a crisp and healthy component to the meal. No matter what you serve alongside this recipe, it is sure to become a family favorite!

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Rotel Hanky Panky Recipe

Yield: 48 toasts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Rotel Hanky Panky Recipe – sausage, Rotel tomatoes, Worcestershire, and Velveeta cheese baked on top of sweet Hawaiian roll slices create a flavor explosion that's impossible to resist. These bite-sized delights are perfect for parties, game nights, or anytime you crave cheesy, spicy, and utterly delicious snacks. Serve them up and watch them disappear in no time!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 (8-oz) package Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained well
  • 1 (12-oz) package Hawaiian rolls

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut each Hawaiian roll into 4 slices. Place bread on a baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook pork sausage over medium-high heat until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, and Velveeta cheese. Stir just until combined.
  • Spread meat mixture onto each piece of toasted bread. You can freeze them at this point.
  • Bake the toasts for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.

Notes:

    • I use Jimmy Dean sausage. You can use any brand or flavor of sausage that you enjoy.
      • I like to use hot pork sausage, but mild sausage also works great.
      • Can substitute turkey sausage.
      • If you don’t like sausage? Feel free to substitute ground beef.
    • Do not overheat the Velveeta. You just want it warm enough to stir into the sausage. Overheating the Velvetta will make queso dip!
    • Can I use cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta? We recommend using Velveeta because it melts wonderfully and adds so much flavor to the meat mixture. If you prefer to not use Velveeta you can substitute cheddar cheese.
    • Use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free recipe.
    • Feel free to add your favorite spices to the cheese mixture: oregano, garlic salt, or red pepper flakes are all great additions.
    • Hanky Panky recipes traditionally use cocktail rye bread. I’ve had a hard time finding the cocktail bread over the past few years, so I substituted sliced Hawaiian Rolls.
      • You can substitute party pumpernickel bread, English muffins, or slider buns.
      • Serve the meat mixture on hamburger buns for sandwiches at lunch or dinner.
    • Can I freeze Hanky Panky appetizers? Yes. Assemble the toasts and place them in a single layer on a baking pan. Place the pan in the freezer. Once the toasts are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Steph

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