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Havarti, Pear & Smoked Ham Crackers

Buttery crackers topped with creamy Boar’s Head Havarti cheese, ripe pear, and smoked ham. This easy appetizer is perfect for fall entertaining.

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers is the perfect fall appetizer |

I’m not really sure I can call this a recipe. It’s more like a stack of ingredients–a creamy, buttery, sweet, salty stack of ingredients. If you do the math, it adds up to be one delicious non-recipe stack.

I do most of my entertaining during the fall season. With football, bonfires, and Thanksgiving filling my calendar, I’m always looking for easy appetizer recipes that come together in minutes. This recipe for havarti, pear, & smoked ham  crackers is the easiest appetizer recipe I’ve ever made.

These little cracker bites look fancier than they really are. They appear as if you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into them, when really they’re just a stack of delicious ingredients that took less than 10 minutes to prepare. We won’t tell anyone that you quickly threw these together and spent the rest of the time scrolling through your Facebook feed.

Nobody really needs to know.

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers |

I used Boar’s Head Cream Havarti Cheese. It’s a double creme Danish style cheese that is mild in flavor and melts in your mouth with every bite. This cheese quickly became my favorite after one bite. It’s so buttery!

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers |

Boar’s Head has been making premium products for more than 100 years. They take pride in the products they produce and refuse to cut corners in order to put profit before excellence. And, I take pride in eating all the cheese. It’s a win-win.

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers | An easy appetizer recipe for entertaining |

Since havarti is naturally mild in flavor, you can pretty much pair it with any flavor. Since it’s fall, I went with sweet, ripe pear and smoked ham. I love a good sweet and salty combo.

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers |

I wasn’t kidding when I said these are easy to assemble.

Here’s how you stack ’em:  Place a thick slice of havarti on a cracker of your choice; top with a slice of ripe pear and a slice of smoked ham. Assemble on a tray and serve. It’s that easy!

Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers |

Warning: These will go fast.

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Havarti, Pear, & Smoked Ham on Crackers

Buttery havarti cheese topped with ripe pear and smoked ham on crackers.

Yield: 20 crackers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 1 (8-ounce) block Boar’s Head Cream Havarti Cheese
  • 1 ripe pear, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 pound shaved smoked ham
  • 20 crackers




  1. Using a cheese cutter or sharp knife, cut Havarti cheese into 1/8-inch slices.
  2. Place a slice of cheese on each cracker.
  3. Top with a slice of pear and a small mound of smoked ham.
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6 Responses to “Havarti, Pear & Smoked Ham Crackers”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    So this is all my favorite things in ONE! Love how you paired Havarti with ham and pears. GENIUS. Pinned!


    • Jennie replied September 22nd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks, Taylor. I ate them all after their photography shoot.


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    Julia — September 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This is exactly the type of appetizer that would become my dinner. UGH, I LOVE havarti! The cheese with the smoked ham and pear sounds like pure perfection. :D


    • Jennie replied September 24th, 2014 at 8:21 am

      It makes the perfect dinner. It’s quick, delicious, and filling. Dinner is served!


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    Choc Chip Uru — September 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Delicious appetiser, so classy :D

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied September 24th, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Sometimes I like to reveal my classy side ;) Thanks, Uru!


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