No trick, just treat:
Put together a Halloween cheese plate and pop the cork on a bottle of wine or two.
This selection of cheeses belong in your Halloween tasting.
For dessert, a chocolate follow-up is the finale to your treat. Chocolate and cheese are a great pairing.
Here are two ways to pair chocolate and cheese:
In addition to the cheeses highlighted in the photos, check out this article for spooky cheeses:
For your cheese plate condiments, consider:
1. Start with a selection of frightful cheeses. If you’re not a goat cheese fan (maybe you’ve never had one as good as Vermont Creamery’s?), see the Halloween cheeses above for other suggestions.
2. Set the tone with a dark cheese board. We love the “gravestone” look of a gray slate board (see photo #4).
3. Add pairings such as dark olives (especially wrinkled ones), dark dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, raisins) and toasted pumpkin seeds. Slices of dark rye bread and crackers studded with dried fruit and seeds suit the scary season.
4. Decorate with dried moss and these simple DIY ghostly maple leaves (or oak, or elm, etc.) from the wonderfully creative folks at Sweet Paul.
5. Drip some honey (consider spicy honey!) over the edges for more creepiness. This works best with one board or platter that sits on top of a larger one, so the honey drip has a neat landing spot.
6. Place the crackers and breads around the larger platter.
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*Most washed-rind cheeses are pungent with a “spooky” orange rind. The color (orange to ruby red), texture and aroma are caused by the bacterium Brevibacterium linens. Époisses is the most famous example, but there are many delicious options.
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