Halloween is my favorite time of year by far. Watching horror movies, screaming my way through haunted houses, dressing up like a ghoul – I love it all. Of course, I celebrate my favorite holiday the same way I celebrate anything, with a festive cheese platter. It’s easy and will complete your Halloween gathering. Even if you’re one of those people who hates dressing up, I promise, no one will even notice if you bring a spooky cheese plate to the party. You just need to know how to throw one together. Here’s how to do it in 3 simple steps.
1. Choose Spooky Cheeses
Choose 3 – 5 creepy-looking cheeses and place onto a tomb-like slate board, or some other creepy surface. Nearly any artisanal cheese deserves a spot; just use your imagination. Look for cave-aged cheddars wrapped in cloth like a mummy, or alabaster blues with ghastly streaks of grey; seek oozing washed rinds with a startling stench, or bone-white goats with a shadow of ash, or even a glowing pumpkin-orange wedge of Mimolette or Pave du Nord.
2. Get Creepy with Pairings
As with the cheeses, anything eerie goes. Look for blood red jams, dried figs that, naturally, shrunken heads, crunchy pumpkin seeds, or something dark and gothic like these charcoal crackers. Try spicing things up with chocolate candy, too, so long as it is not so sweet that it overwhelms the cheese plate. Choose one pairing for each cheese and arrange suggestively.
3. Finish with Haunting Accents
Garnish your spooky Halloween cheese plate with little pumpkins, spider web, gauze, creepy critters, and whatever else you find. Lastly, pick your poison. Choose something easy-going enough to pair with all of your cheeses, like a fruity pinot noir, a dry cider, or spiced winter ale, and serve it in a goblet. Feast like a beast and enjoy.