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2013/12/03 12:31:02 (permalink)

Cheese for hanky panky

For those of you not familiar, hanky panky is basically a mixture of equal parts ground beef, sausage, and cheese that's melted together, spread on cocktail rye squares, and baked or broiled.  However, most recipes I've seen call for Velveeta and I'd like to use something more akin to real cheese.
 
The first one that comes to mind as a good choice for melting is American but I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions.  Thanks!
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:35:56 (permalink)
    Raclette melts wonderfully.  So do brie and camembert.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:38:52 (permalink)
    This is the only hanky panky I've ever heard of:
    http://www.hankypanky.com/Thongs

    post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2013/12/03 14:06:43
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:45:41 (permalink)
    Fontina is a wonderful melting cheese.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:52:43 (permalink)
    Does this go by some other name regionally because I've never heard of it.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:57:35 (permalink)
    Regionally? I live 50 miles from Screaming Chicken and I've never heard of it.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 13:31:59 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    For those of you not familiar, hanky panky is basically a mixture of equal parts ground beef, sausage, and cheese that's melted together, spread on cocktail rye squares, and baked or broiled.  However, most recipes I've seen call for Velveeta and I'd like to use something more akin to real cheese.

    The first one that comes to mind as a good choice for melting is American but I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions.  Thanks!

    Try Swiss.

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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:14:13 (permalink)
    Thanks for the ideas!  I'll have to visit the local cheese store to see what they have on hand.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:23:09 (permalink)
    I thought you posted a private message to Mrs Chicken in error 
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:28:03 (permalink)
    Gruyere, Swiss and fontina have worked well for me.  I guess that I have used others.  Hard cheeses would not work.  This appetizer is also known as "Polish Mistakes".  I have made thes for many years andeveryone loves them.
    post edited by Greymo - 2013/12/03 14:30:36
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:31:19 (permalink)
    I always thought it wasn't nice to cut the cheese during hanky panky. No wonder the recipe calls for Velveeta, you could keep it in the night stand.............Jack cheese melts nice..............
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:37:06 (permalink)
    I've only ever had it with Velveeta.  It's one of those things you can't beleve you just ate...and then you grab another one.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:38:37 (permalink)
    I'm especially partial to the Havarti cheese sold at ALDI.
     
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 15:12:44 (permalink)
    hatteras04

    I've only ever had it with Velveeta.  It's one of those things you can't beleve you just ate...and then you grab another one.
    Exactly! That's why you SHOULD use Velveeta and when everybody ooohs and aaahs, just say..."Oh, it's just a little Raclette Verdannet I had shipped in from France".
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 23:10:31 (permalink)
    I thought for sure I would have an old time church cookbook that had this recipe in it, but couldn't find anything.
     
    Maybe a mix of cheeses would be good instead of just Velveeta? I would use 1/2 lb. velveeta and 1/2 lb. Monterrey Jack. Or 1/2 lb. Swiss and 1/2 lb. cheddar. Or how about 1/2 lb. hot velveeta and 1/2 lb. M. Jack? I definitely would not use an upper class cheese like Brie or Camembert. This recipe is a party or tailgate food for sure, not horse devourers.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 23:52:14 (permalink)
    Every Thanksgiving my sister-in-law visits from Midland, MI. She always brings her own homemade bar cheese knockoff of Win Schuler's. This year it was really good. It is a concoction of horse radish and cheddar and something else in a spreadable mix for crackers. She may have used Velveeta this year. My dad used to always stop at Win Schuler's in Marshall, MI and bring some home a ceramic crock of it on his trips to Detroit. He was a Chevrolet exec in Indianapolis.
     
    Other hanky panky. Supposedly if you eat Stilton cheese just before going to bed you'll have vivid dreams. I've tried and tried to no avail. I tried again last night. It was boring and like all dreams I forget already.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 04:35:00 (permalink)
    JRPfeff

    Regionally? I live 50 miles from Screaming Chicken and I've never heard of it.

    From The Lexicon of Real American Food:
     
    Hanky Panky
                  It is rare to find hanky pankies served in a restaurant, but go to a casual party in a home on the West Side of Cincinnati and you very likely will be served them, always to be eaten in multiples. We are talking here about extremely humble food: a thimble's worth of seasoned sausage and/or sometimes ground beef with melted Velveeta atop a little tile of party rye. Goetta may be substituted for beef or sausage, and while it would be possible to use some other cheese, every hanky panky cook we know considers the smooth, melty texture of Velveeta just right for the dish.
                  How or why they got their goofy name remains a mystery; and in fact, not all who eat them call them that. We were chatting with a native Cincinnatian who knows quite a bit about local food; and yet he was puzzled when we brought up hanky pankies. But as we described them, we could see a light bulb illuminate above his head as recognition dawned. "Ahh, yes!" he said. "You mean what-you-eat-when-you-are-watching-football-on-Sunday! I didn't know they had a name." They also sometimes get the all-purpose sobriquet for any mess of food on toast, S.O.S.
     
     
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 09:03:44 (permalink)
    While searching online I learned that it's apparently also popular in Cleveland, so perhaps Ohio and the Ohio Valley are factors.
     
    Which makes it odd that my aunt, born and raised in southern Wisconsin and never living more than 50 miles from her hometown, would know about it.
     
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 11:37:50 (permalink)
    Aha!

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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 14:02:06 (permalink)
    Six years in Cincinnati and I never heard of it.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 18:25:56 (permalink)
    Davydd

    Six years in Cincinnati and I never heard of it.

     
    That's Ok, I have lived on the west side of Cincy for 40 years and had never heard of it, but have eaten it under various names other than Hanky Panky.
     
    Including a version in which salsa is added to the concoction and is called...  "Puke" or "Barf"
    because it truly does look like what comes back up after a night of too much drinking.
     
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 00:17:21 (permalink)
    Can you do the Hokey Pokey while eating Hanky Panky???
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 01:08:46 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Can you do the Hokey Pokey while eating Hanky Panky???

     
    That would be Hunky Dory.


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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 09:37:42 (permalink)
    If the stores were still around I'd buy all the ingredients at a Hinky Dinky.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 13:32:57 (permalink)
    Que Tommy James, My Baby Does the Hanky Panky...............
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 21:54:41 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    If the stores were still around I'd buy all the ingredients at a Hinky Dinky.

    They were bought out by Piggly Wiggly!
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 22:13:33 (permalink)
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    Can you do the Hokey Pokey while eating Hanky Panky???


    That would be Hunky Dory.

    I didn't think people from Eastern Europe spent much time in small boats powered by oars.
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/06 07:59:50 (permalink)
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    Can you do the Hokey Pokey while eating Hanky Panky???


    That would be Hunky Dory.

    I didn't think people from Eastern Europe spent much time in small boats powered by oars.

     
    Oh, yeah?  Well, listen here, mister, my mother was Bohemian, making me a hunky Bohunk, and I find your remark to be....
     
    ....very funny, I had to grin what I saw it.
     
    Actually, never thought of it before, but I guess I AM a hunky Bohunk.  At least I like the idea.
     
    It never ends, though.  My father was Polish, and one day at work a lady said, "Hey, I'm going to tell you a Polack joke."  "A Polack joke," I said, "Well, you know I'm of Polish descent myself.  She said "That's okay, I'll speak real slow."
     
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    Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/06 17:13:02 (permalink)
    You all are a riot! But honestly, Brad, I wouldn't change the recipe. It is a long time recipe, and wouldn't be the same without Velveeta....but if you want to start a new tradition, feel free. I make a my Grandmothers lima bean casserole( I think from a Campbells soup recipe in the 40's) And even people that hate lima beans love it. Again, its one of those things you take a taste of and go back for 2nds.......
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