Anne over at Minor Adjustments asked for “tried-and-true party recipes that DON’T involve dip”. Unfortunately Blogger is being a pill and won’t let me comment (it’s not anti-me.. it seems to be anti-everyone. Anne? Might need to poke at it).
Anyway, we had a barbecue this weekend and I made Hanky Pankies.. and they don’t involve dip.. and they get raves. So here’s the recipe.
For interesting variation.. if you “accidentally” add 1 Tbsp hot pepper flakes instead of 1tsp hot pepper flakes these are very very hot instead of just very hot.
1 lb hamburger
1 lb Jimmy Dean Hot sausage
1 tsp hot pepper flakes (can substitute chili powder)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
1 lb Velveeta cheese (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 loaf party bread. (rye or pumpernickel or wheat)
In a large skillet, brown hamburger and sausage. Add pepper flakes, oregano and garlic salt. When meat is cooked completely, add Velveeta squares. Melt Velveeta completely. Remove skillet from heat and let it cool (a little).
Place heaping spoonfuls of meat mixture onto party bread. Serve hot.
These freeze well. We put them in a box in the freezer with layers of wax paper between each layer. I’ve had good luck with serving these straight out of the microwave or microwaving them and then placing them in an electric skillet set on low. I suppose you could bake them… never considered that before.