Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers

These Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers are a super easy appetizer recipe! We make these cheese and cracker appetizers for snacks at home or for a cheese board!

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers on a slate cheese board

What Is Pub Cheese?

Every time we get together with friends or family, there’s always cheese and crackers involved. It could be a whole cheese and cracker platter or just a box of crackers and a container of pub cheese. Either way are good for me, it’s just such a classic combo.

There’s so many things you can add to a cheese platter so that there’s something for everyone. Low carb options like this Fresh Ricotta Vegetable Dip or these Italian Deli Roll Ups are some of our favorites!

But we love pub cheese so much that we decided to make our own, with actual beer in the recipe. Because it is called pub cheese after all…and pub cheese is supposed to have some kind of beer or ale in it, it’s just that a lot of recipes you find don’t.

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers on platter with cheese in bowl

Pub cheese a broad name for any type of soft, spreadable cheese with beer, wine or ale. Some recipes add liquid smoke but that is not one of my most favorite ingredients so we’re not going to add it to this recipe, but you totally can if you want to!

I also like a topping to go on my pub cheese so I thought of a classic ham and cheese combination. You’ve got your cracker to stand in for the bread and then this delicious homemade pub cheese and ham.

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers on a cheese board with bowl

How Do You Make Pub Cheese?

The cheese comes together really easily in your food processor. Just add these few simple ingredients and your favorite beer!

And blend until smooth…

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers homemade cheese in food processor

I like a pretty smooth texture for my pub cheese but since you’re in charge, you can make it how you like it!

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers cheese in processor

Once the cheese is blended together you can start assembling the crackers. If your party isn’t until alter just stash this cheese in the fridge until you’re ready.

When it’s time to assemble these easy appetizers, simply add a good tablespoon of the cheese onto your cracker of choice, then top it with a piece of thinly sliced ham.

That’s about it guys, really simple. And really tasty.

Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers on a cheese board with bowl of cheese

If you’re serving these Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers for a party you can assemble them a little while ahead of time, depending on the cracker you choose but they’re going to hold up really well so you don’t have to do this at the last minute.

You can also leave the cheese in a bowl, place the ham in a pile on that awesome cheese platter and let your guests assemble them on their own!

This is a fun way to make a whole cheese board too. Just add the pub cheese to the center of your board then place out different types of crackers and toppings.

What Are Some Different Cracker Toppings?

So, so many. You can use turkey or salami, even fancier meats like prosciutto. Or you can leave these appetizers meat free by adding scallions, chives or pomegranate seeds.

  • Chopped Olives
  • Different types of meat
  • Jams or jellies
  • Nuts like pistachios

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Ham and Pub Cheese Crackers

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups of cheese 1x

This easy appetizer recipe is perfect for parties! Make the cheese spread ahead of time and assemble before party time!



  • 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 34 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 lb. thinly sliced ham
  • Crackers for serving such as Ritz or Townhouse
  • Chopped chives for garnish


  1. Add the cheese, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce, cayenne, garlic, salt, pepper and beer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste for seasonings and remove to a bowl.
  2. Chill for at least an hour or up to overnight.
  3. Assemble the crackers by spreading the pub cheese onto a cracker and then adding a slice of ham topped with chives.

Recipe Notes

* Nutritional information is only for the pub cheese

  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: American


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