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Two-bite Hanky Pankies Pull-Aparts

The famous hanky pankies appetizer in pull-apart form, perfect for party food for the holidays and the Super Bowl. A crowd-pleaser, for sure!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 4 pull-aparts
Calories 494 kcal
Author SoupAddict

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound pork sausage
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta)
  • 16-24 ounces pizza dough, brought to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • flaky salt, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium. Add the beef and sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up any clumps. When the meat has almost completely browned, drain off the fat and return to heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce, paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder over the meat mixture and stir well. Add the cheese and mix until completely melted. Remove the skillet from heat and the let the mixture rest and cool.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 10" x 15" rectangle. Using a 3" round cookie cutter, cut out 20-24 circles (if need be, gather up the scraps, re-roll, and cut).
  4. Spoon a nice, heaping teaspoon of the meat mixture onto the center of one dough circle. Gently fold the dough in half and pinch close, then bring the two ends of the half moon to meet up and over the seam, so it looks similar to a drawstring purse. Pinch the open edges closed, then turn the ball over (so the seams are on the bottom), and use your fingers to shape up the ball. Place it on the baking sheet, seams down.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough circles and meat mixture. Arrange the balls so they're touching on the baking sheet. You can form shapes, such as a wreath, or a Christmas tree.
  6. Brush the pull-aparts with melted butter, then place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. The pull-aparts should be a golden brown. If your oven bakes unevenly (like mine does), turn off the oven, and turn on the broiler (on low, if possible). Keep a close eye on the pull-aparts while the broiler browns the tops.
  7. Remove, and immediately brush with more butter. Sprinkle with the flaky finishing salt. Transfer to a serving platter.

Recipe Notes

Some stores sell pre-rolled pizza dough, which works perfectly. Note the quantity of the dough, however: you might need to buy two packages.

Make a vegetarian version using meatless crumbles. Along with the spices listed, mix in 1 teaspoon of dried Italian blend herbs, and extra 1/4 teaspoon salt, and full tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (instead of 2 teaspoons).