Hot!Cheese for hanky panky

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ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
2013/12/03 12:31:02
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!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:35:56
Raclette melts wonderfully.  So do brie and camembert.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:38:52
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
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:45:41
Fontina is a wonderful melting cheese.
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:52:43
Does this go by some other name regionally because I've never heard of it.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 12:57:35
Regionally? I live 50 miles from Screaming Chicken and I've never heard of it.
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 13:31:59
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.

ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:14:13
Thanks for the ideas!  I'll have to visit the local cheese store to see what they have on hand.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:23:09
I thought you posted a private message to Mrs Chicken in error 
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:28:03
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
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:31:19
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..............
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:37:06
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.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 14:38:37
I'm especially partial to the Havarti cheese sold at ALDI.
 
Buddy
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 15:12:44
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".
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 23:10:31
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.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/03 23:52:14
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.
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 04:35:00
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.
 
 
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 09:03:44
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.
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 11:37:50
Aha!

Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 14:02:06
Six years in Cincinnati and I never heard of it.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/04 18:25:56
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.
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 00:17:21
Can you do the Hokey Pokey while eating Hanky Panky???
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 01:08:46
Foodbme

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

 
That would be Hunky Dory.


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

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

They were bought out by Piggly Wiggly!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/05 22:13:33
easydoesit

Foodbme

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.
easydoesit
Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/06 07:59:50
Michael Hoffman

easydoesit

Foodbme

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."
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/06 12:22:26

ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/06 17:13:02
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.......
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/07 01:02:43
There it is I'm black & blue.

A humble dish with Velveeta. Otherwise..they become Hanky BooSpanx.
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 11:47:58
Thanks to all for the suggestions and entertaining posts.  After reading them and doing some poking around online I decided to go with a 50/50 mix of mild cheddar and brick from a couple of reputable Wisconsin cheesemakers.
 
And Joe, thanks for giving me some ideas for Mrs. Chicken.
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 12:28:33
Sounds like a plan! I love brick cheese, but it is almost impossible to find it these days in my area.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 12:35:13
ScreamingChicken
And Joe, thanks for giving me some ideas for Mrs. Chicken.

 
Cheese for hanky panky, I figure only somebody from Wisconsin could make that deal 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 12:46:34
I thought champagne, whipped cream and strawberries were the ingredients for hanky panky?
 

 
 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 12:58:09
Ed
Don't forget the oysters.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 13:06:09
Oysters? You want oysters?
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Cheese for hanky panky 2013/12/08 15:13:09
Michael,
Just get her the darn oysters and forget the rest of the weekend!