Hearty Rye Melts

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 14, 2023
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.
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  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 ounces Velveeta, shredded
  • 24 slices snack rye bread
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add chili powder and cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon on each slice of bread. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges of bread begin to crisp. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 88 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 231mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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