Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 mins

I saw some similar recipes on recipes that I drew ideas from and have been using it in a variety of ways since then. I love how flexible this can be, based on your preferences and what you have in your fridge. I am going to use our favorite way first in the ingredients, but definitely feel free to sub your favorite meats and cheeses - we do that all the time! Also - I usually use the long, oval-shaped slices of meat that I get from my local deli, but I know that they also sell small circular slices in the deli section, so if you get those, you may need a couple more slices to have enough meat.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 24 sturdy round crackers, i.e. Ritz
  • 6 ounces monterey jack pepper cheese (cheddar, garlic and herb, swiss, or provolone are also delicious)
  • 4 slices deli ham or 4 slices deli turkey or 4 slices salami, are great too
  • 3 small plum tomatoes, cut into 8 thin slices each
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or 2 tablespoons mustard or 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce or 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • pickles (see final step) (optional) or olives (see final step) (optional) or chopped onion (see final step) (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice cheese into 24 slices to fit on the crackers.
  3. Slice each piece of meat into six pieces and place on top of cheese and cracker.
  4. Add a piece of tomato to each cracker stack.
  5. Bake until cheese melts, about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top with 1/4 t of your preferred condiment.
  7. Optionally, end with a little topping of your favorite sandwich add-on like pickles, olives, or chopped onion, on top of the condiment.
Most Helpful

Loved these! Used turkey and swiss as my meat/cheese. Would be really good with pretty much any combination!!

iewe March 01, 2010

These were perfect for last night's football playoff game. I followed this exactly, expect put them on a large serving tray, neatly stacking the crackers, next the cheese, then the meats (turkey, ham, or roast beef), sliced roma tomatoes, the pickles, some brightly colored tooth picks, and at the end, a little knife for the mustard, or horseradish dip to dollop on top. So people went along, and made their own variations, and had a blast. This is a cool kid thing too! Thanks for posting such a simple, fun, and delicious recipe! Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* January 2010

Andi of Longmeadow Farm January 17, 2010

Thanks Starrynews! These were fun fingerfoods. I made two varieties; ham and swiss and colby jack with ham and they were delish. I used a SHOT GLASS to make perfect round pieces of cheese and meats to match the Ritz crackers. They were cute and looked like the photo shown with the pickle and mustard drop but all the ingredients were round. They went fast. ChefDLH (Made for everyday is a holiday tag due August 5)

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