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Hanky Pankies Recipe


Hanky Pankies, made with sausage, cheese, and a touch of Worchestershire sauce, have been a staple at Cleveland parties, tailgating events, and outdoor get-togethers for decades. Ask any Northeast Ohioan to name a quintessential Cleveland party food and you'll most likely hear "Hanky Pankies."

For an upscale variation of this sandwich, try the ones served at 87 West 2 at Crocker Park. They use chorizo and goat cheese. Yum!

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. sausage (spicy, if desired)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
  • Party rye or pumpernickel bread


Brown the meat, breaking up with a fork. Drain. Add the cheese. Stir until melted and combined. Add the garlic salt and worchestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread on bread slices and place on cookie sheets.

Put under the broiler until slightly brown on top and the cheese is bubbles.

Makes about six dozen.

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