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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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
  • 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 on 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.
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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  • dennybro
    Jun 20, 2011

    We make a similar take on this. One lb sausage like Bob Evans. One lb Velvetta. Loaf of small cocktail rye bread. Brown sausage, drain, cut-up velvetta in sausage and melt all through. Mix well. spoon one heaping tbls on each rye. Put on a baking sheet. 350 for 10 min.yum

  • treeya
    Dec 5, 2009

    My family has made these for almost 15 years. It has become a Sunday Football appetizer.