Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recipe: Hanky Pankies

It's almost time for the NFL Super Bowl XLIX! While it will probably be forever a while before Cleveland gets to watch our Browns play for a title, it's still fun to do something on Game Day. Even if you just get together with friends to watch the advertisements.

So, Mr. H and I wanted to recreate an appetizer, perfect for Game Day, from our wedding. Hodge's in Downtown Cleveland is famous for their Hanky Pankies, and lucky for us, Driftwood Catering offers them on their catering menu. Our guests were raving about them during our Cocktail Hour at the wedding, and they were certainly our favorite of the four that we served.

Here is a recipe that we adapted, for you to try at home:

Hanky Pankies

1 baguette, sliced
fig preserves
1/4 lb. smoked gouda, grated
1/4 lb. goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 lb. bulk chorizo sausage
1/4 Tablespoon dry thyme leaves

Pan sear the crumbled chorizo until cooked through.
Add the three cheeses and thyme to the pan, and melt.
Mix well to create the hanky panky mix.
Slice the baguette and spread the slices on a cookie sheet.
Spread 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the mix onto each slice.
Place the pan under the broiler until browned.
Remove, and top each with 1/2 teaspoon of fig preserves.

While they weren't nearly as good as the famous Hodge's version, they were reminiscent and quite tasty. I'd make these again for any type of gathering with family and friends. Enjoy!