By now I’m sure you’re aware that I’m a bit of a cheese nerd. Unfortunately that’s not where it ends. I am a full blown TV, movie, and book nerd too. You name it and there’s a good chance I will begin squealing like a little girl and spitting out facts that you probably didn’t know. I was recently discussing my giant nerd status with a co-worker when I had a light bulb moment. Why not combine my love for cheese with my love for TV shows, movies, and books to create themed cheese boards? I can’t be the only one who hosts viewing parties and movie nights!
For our inaugural nerdy-themed cheese board we decided to go with a TV show that many of us here in the Vineyard Market love–The Walking Dead! Without further adieu, here is our Cheesy Dead Board!
First up, on the far left we have Picobello, a delicious Aged Gouda. Nutty and caramel flavors dominate this cheese, with just a hint of a Parmesan finish. The best part of having this cheese during the zombie apocalypse? It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, making it the perfect food to chuck in your backpack when you’re on the run from the undead.
Moving on clockwise, the grey, wrinkly looking cheese is Vermont Creamery’s Bonne Bouche. This pasteurized goat’s milk cheese is sprinkled with ash and ripened for about 10 days, which is just long enough for the wrinkly, brain-looking rind to develop. As it continues to ripen, the cheese becomes more gooey, and flavors deepen from tangy and buttery to salty, earthy, and tangy. It’s sure to please any zombie at your viewing party looking for BRAAAAAAAAINS!
Continuing clockwise we come to Shropshire Blue. Often described as a cross between Stilton and Cheshire, Shropshire has a strong, sharp flavoring. Made similarly to Stilton and hailing from England as well, the bright russet color comes from the addition of annatto during the cheese making process. Smooth and creamy, yet crumbly, Shropshire adds a little bit of a rough, rustic touch to your zombie cheese board
The final cheese smack in the middle of the board is Chechil Smoked String Cheese. This was a no-brainer (pardon the pun) for our zombie cheese board. Pull it apart and you’ve got yourself a cheese that looks like curling intestines! I promise you though, it tastes much more delicious than the human digestive system!
Accompanying the cheese board is some thinly sliced prosciutto (posing as skin and muscle of course) and some Firehook Spicy Sesame crackers (you need all the fire power you can get!). Just add some eyeballs–er, peeled grapes–and you’re set!
Enjoy the rest of the season, and keep an eye out for some more nerdy-themed cheese boards!