It’s time for some HALLOWEEN treats. Of course I’m gonna celebrate with a bunch of spooky cheeses! Have you been possessed by the Halloween spirit, too? Well, good news... I have some tips for making the perfect Halloween cheese board.
Start grinding those coffee beans (or grab a bottle of wine) and invite over all your best ghoul friends* for some CHEESE and horror movies! *you can always eat cheese and scary movies alone, and no one will judge you!
Here are three super simple tips for making a KILLER cheeseboard:
Tip #1 — Choose an appropriate board. A dark piece of slate is so goth. But, so is a cold slab of marble (like a tomb!). You could also just go with a sturdy piece of wood and just pretend it was once a coffin panel.
Tip #2 — Choose cheeses that are strange & unusual. There are plenty of cheeses out there that have striking blue veins, grey ash lines, and oozing cream lines… intriguing rinds, too! Find cheeses that have sticky red rinds, rinds with dusty craters, rinds wrapped up with bandages (clothbound), and cheeses covered in wrinkly molds (the creepiest ones look like brains!)
Some suggestions: Mimolette, Epoisses, Humboldt Fog, Bonne Bouche, Red Hawk, Red Leicester, Bucheron, 1924 Bleu, St. Albans, Taleggio, Midnight Moon, Füürtüfel, Schloss.
Tip #3 — Don’t forget the accoutrements! How about some blood-red cherry jam or hibiscus syrup? Chili marconas and chocolate crackers? Caramel apple slices, shards of chocolate bark, and spiced pumpkin seeds? Proscuitto-wrapped bread sticks and a sticky slab of quince paste? Blackberries and dried apricots? Shiny cheese tools like knives and hatches, and bubbling cheese crocks, can also really enhance the mood. Just use your imagination!
What’s on my dark & whimsical Halloween cheese board?
-Mimolette (from France, the rind is cratered from mite activity!)
-Bijou by Vermont Creamery (goat cheeses covered with brain-y Geotrichum mold)
-Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove (goat cheese with a blue ash line + a bloomy rind)
-& Gorgonzola Piccante (an Italian blue with a sticky rind)
-Chuao Firecracker Chocolate (with chipotle + popping candy)
-Bresaola (aged dry beef)
-Dried Mission Figs (they look like shrunken heads…)
-Caramelized Walnuts & Pecans (brains and cockroaches…)
-Pinot Cherries by Friend in Cheeses
-Sour Cherry Jam
-& the darkest grapes I could find