I am taking a little Internet hiatus for Christmas, and I’m bringing these Hanky Pankies with me. Hanky Pankies are a major tradition in my extended family. They are a right of passage. My grandparents brought Hanky Pankies with them to every party, gathering, birthday, wedding, baptism, Christmas, birth, Yom Kippur, Groundhog Day, funeral, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if Grandma carried them in her purse. Emergency back-up. They are a fabulous party food, and the name is a conversation piece in itself. In fact, if you google “hanky panky,” you’ll find everything from a 1982 film starring Gene Wilder to lacy underwear. Should I be concerned?
The recipe below is a healthier alternative, although a pound of cheese isn’t necessarily what I would call diet food. My grandparents typically used beef and Italian sausage and my grandma always added a little garlic and onion. Since I add garlic and onion to everything including ice cream, I decided to omit.
- 1 lb. turkey sausage
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 lb. Velveeta cheese
- Rye cocktail bread
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, sauté the sausage and turkey until it’s brown. Add the cheese until it melts. Spread the mixture on cocktail bread. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Cut the squares into triangles. Serve.
Make Ahead: They are actually better if you freeze them before serving. Instead of baking right away, let them cool, store them in a container and freeze them. When you’re ready to serve, bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Cut into triangles.