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Hearty Rye Melts

 Hearty Rye Melts
When we moved from the Midwest to Kentucky, we were invited to a neighborhood gathering, where this appetizer was served. “Hanky panky”—as it’s often called around here—is traditionally served at Derby Day parties, but at our home it’s become a year-round favorite.
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage Roll
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), shredded
  • 24 slices snack rye bread
  • Fresh parsley sprigs, stems removed


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef and sausage over medium heat until
  • no longer pink; drain. Add chili powder and cheese; cook and stir
  • until cheese is melted. Spread a heaping tablespoonful onto each
  • slice of bread. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges of bread begin to
  • crisp. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 2 each equals 167 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 422 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.