Hanky Panky Appetizer

Hanky Panky Appetizer – Sausage & Cheese on Party Rye Bread – SUPER simple to make and tastes great! Sausage, Velveeta, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce baked on top of party rye bread. This is our GO-TO appetizer recipe for snacks for parties, game days, and holiday mornings! You can make these party bread in advance and freeze them for later.

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Sausage & Cheese on Party Rye Bread

I’ve been making these Hanky Panky Appetizers for years. Someone brought these to a tailgate and they disappeared in no time! I got the recipe and I’ve been making them ever since. They are easy to make and go over well at a party. They are equally delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I like to eat them for dinner with a baked potato or bowl of chili. Add this recipe to your menu. It is sure to become a favorite!

How to Make Hanky Panky Appetizers

These individual appetizers are 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. Drain excess fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and Velveeta cheese. Stir just until combined. Spread the meat mixture onto cocktail rye bread slices. Place the bread on a baking sheet and place under the oven broiler until golden brown. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Jimmy Dean sausage. You can use any brand or flavor of sausage that you enjoy. Italian sausage is super delicious.
    • Can substitute turkey sausage.
    • If you don’t like sausage? Feel free to substitute ground beef.
  • I like to chop the cooked sausage in the food processor to get it finely chopped.
  • Do not overheat the Velveeta. You just want it warm enough to stir into the sausage. Overheating the Velvetta will make queso dip!
  • Feel free to add your favorite spices to the cheese mixture: oregano, garlic salt, or red pepper flakes are all great additions.
  • I find the party rye bread loaves in the deli/bakery section at the grocery store.
    • If you don’t like rye bread? You can substitute party pumpernickel bread, English muffins, or slider buns.
  • You can assemble the toasts and freeze them for a quick treat later. To bake after freezing, allow to thaw and broil.
sausage & cheese party rye bread toasts on baking sheet

Hanky Panky Recipe for Breakfast or Snacks

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! Whip up a batch ASAP! I promise you will LOVE them!

Here are a few more of our favorite snack recipes from the blog that go great with these toasts:

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Hanky Panky Appetizer

Yield: 40 toasts
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Hanky Panky Appetizer – Sausage & Cheese on Party Rye Bread – SUPER simple to make and tastes great! Sausage, Velveeta, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce baked on top of party rye bread. This is our GO-TO appetizer recipe for snacks for parties, game days, and holiday mornings! You can make these party bread in advance and freeze them for later.

Ingredients:

  • lb sausage
  • 1 (16-oz) package Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (16-oz) loaf Party Rye Bread

Instructions:

  • Cook sausge until no longer pink. Drain sausage and put in food processor. Pulse until sausage is crumbled into very small pieces. Transfer to bowl and add Worcestershire and garlic powder.
  • Cut Velveeta into small pieces and add to sausage. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Spread a heaping tablespoon onto each piece of party rye bread. You can freeze them at this point.
  • Broil them for 3-5 minutes in the oven and serve.
  • If you freeze them, allow to thaw before broiling in the oven.

Notes:

  • I used Jimmy Dean sausage.
  • Can substitute turkey sausage for the pork sausage.
  • Don’t like sausage? Feel free to substitute ground beef.
  • I like to chop the cooked sausage in the food processor to get it finely chopped.
  • Do not overheat the Velveeta. You just want it warm enough to stir into the sausage. Overheating the Velvetta will make queso!
  • If you want a less cheesy treat, you can cut the Velveeta in half or double up on the sausage.
  • Sometimes I add a dash of hot sauce. YUM!
  • I find the party rye bread loaves in the deli/bakery section at the grocery store.
  • Don’t like rye bread? You can substitute party pumpernickel bread or use English muffins.
  • You can assemble the toasts and freeze them for a quick treat later. To bake after freezing, allow to thaw and broil.

Steph

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  1. I have not eaten such cheese and sausage breads for ages, but remember my how my mother did them. Very tasty, though surely also depending on the sausage quality 😉
    Cheers, from cheese country Switzerland

  2. We call these Hankie Pankies here in my neck of the woods. They're delicious. But I'm going to have to say "GO BUCKS" to make this comment complete.

  3. Oh yeah, I had forgotten all about these little goodies! They are a great snack for football for sure.

  4. It sounds good with the exception of the Rye. Can't get use to the taste. And really now that I'm old, don't want to.

    Too much good food in the world, will just eat what I like.

    Would luv to make them but sub in the little wheat bread instead.

  5. We do snacks and appetizers for Christmas Eve in my family – if our variation of these isn't there it's not Christmas. Our variation is that we double the recipe and use a 2-lb block of velveeta and then in addition to the sausage we add a pound of ground beef. Now I'm totally craving these!!

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