In season strawberries are preserved with a quick pickling and a little extra vanilla that highlights the berries natural sweetness. Then, Vanilla Pickled Strawberries are used to top herbed goat cheese crostini for an easy but flavorful springtime appetizer.
Using a mixer or a food processor, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, and herbs until mixture is smooth.
The recipe for vanilla sugar can be found here. I'd consider it optional, but will give the strawberries a little extra vanilla flavor.
The vanilla pickled strawberries and the goat cheese spread can both be made ahead of time and kept, tightly covered in the fridge, until ready to assemble and serve.