I love an easy meal. More than that, I love an easy meal that my family will actually enjoy! And this one? Boy, it takes the cake on easy-to-make. Five simple ingredients, a few minutes of prep, and some thawed ground meat are all you need for this delicious meal to be dinner-ready. The best part? You can easily serve this on game day for a great tailgating treat! Plus, the name “Hanky Pankys” just cracks me up! This is an old family recipe that my grandfather gave me, and… it’s so good. You won’t even need to write it down on a recipe card to make it because it’s easy to memorize, too.
To start, you’ll want to dice an onion and cook it in a skillet until it’s translucent and tender.
Add in two pounds of ground beef and one pound of ground sausage. We love to use mild sausage around here, but feel free to kick it up a notch with some spicy sausage if that’s your preferred kind!
Season the meat and onions with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Cook and drain the meat, then return it to the stovetop and turn the heat down to low. Add in your favorite processed cheese of choice, and stir until the cheese has melted and coats the meat mixture.
Hanky Pankys are so stinkin’ versatile. For dinner, serve it up on toast for a delicious, messy sandwich. Top it with lettuce or other sandwich toppers of your choice!
On game day or as a tailgating appetizer, serve it on crackers, dip-style, to please a crowd.
I am all about meals that take less than 20 minutes from start-to-finish, and I know your family is going to adore this recipe!
What’s your go-to weeknight meal?
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Hanky Pankys Recipe
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 block processed cheese (like Velveeta)
- Crackers and/or toast
- In a skillet, cook onions until tender.
- Add in ground beef, sausage, and seasonings, cooking until done. Remove from heat and drain.
- Return to heat and turn heat to low. Stir in cheese until melted.
- Serve over crackers (for game day) or on toast (for a weeknight meal).