Rachael Ray: Mario Batali Hanky Pankies Recipe


Rachael Ray: Mario Batali Hanky Pankies

Once you’ve gotten over your initial surprise over the fun name of this recipe, let it be known that there’s no joking around when it comes to how delicious these bites truly are. Mario Batali recently released his “Big American Cookbook” and was excited to join Rachael Ray to share a few of his favorite recipes from the book. He first showed viewers how he makes a Bread Pork Sandwich like the ones he used to eat at Rutgers University. Then he put together a surprisingly simple yet oh so delicious recipe known as Hanky Pankies. These meaty bites are cheesy, creamy, and so good, you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds!

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Rachael Ray: Mario Batali Hanky Pankies Recipe Ingredients

Rachael Ray: Mario Batali Hanky Pankies Recipe

Mario Batali’s Hanky Pankies are an Ohio staple, and after traveling the country for his new cookbook, he showed Rachael Ray how to put the appetizer together. (usdagov / Flickr)

  • 8 oz hot Italian sausage – removed from casings
  • 4 oz Gouda cheese – shredded
  • 4 slices rye bread (look for good quality)
  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 1 C ricotta – at room temperature
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh oregano


Mario Batali: Rachael Ray Hanky Pankies Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat the oven broiler
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage and beef together
  3. Crumble the meat into small pieces and cook until browned
  4. Transfer to a bowl, then stir in the oregano and cheeses
  5. Divide the mixture among the slices of bread
  6. Place the loaded bread on a baking sheet and put into the oven for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese begins to bubble and turn golden-brown
  7. Cut each piece of bread in half and serve right away

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