ROASTED STRAWBERRY CROSTINI WITH CREAMY QUESO FRESCO CHIPOTLE // SPONSORED BY LAUGHING COW

The phrase “you eat with your eyes before your stomach” is an old one that is nearing cliche, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not true. As a food photographer, I sometimes envision a visual before the recipe comes to mind. I’ll think of washes of color or contradicting textures, and then develop a recipe to fit that image.

That happened with this rustic crostini. I love the idea of taking something usually so technicolor like fresh strawberries, and making them a bit moody and sophisticated. Roasting them concentrates their sweetness by caramelizing their sugar, so you get this rich, intense flavor, and a more subtle, almost tawny color palette. Paired with smokey and spicy creamy queso fresco chipotle cheese from The Laughing Cow, this is a unique appetizer you can enjoy over a glass of wine with friends, or as your 3 p.m. pick-me-up.

For the full recipe, check out SheKows.com!