Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Mini Pizzas, sucking it up

I should say: Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Mini Pizzas with Pesto Rosso….

But that would be rather long.

This is the last of the ‘Pesto Rosso’ posts.

We’ve eaten it in other ways: on linguine, of course, on fried gnocchi, stuffed in zucchini, tossed with potatoes…. But those are all pretty typical uses of pesto and not exactly intriguing new recipes.

Neither is the pizza, but it was so good, you really should try it.

Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Mini Pizzas

Total time: 20 minutes


  • puff pastry, 1/2 large sheet or 2 small sheets
  • 4 tbs pesto rosso
  • 3oz (90gr) aged goat cheese, sliced
  • 4 – 8 cherry tomatoes, depending on size, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil leaves

Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Pizza


  • Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
  • To assemble:
  • Lay out puff pastry and cut two squares or circles.
  • Lay pastry on baking sheet, either nonstick or lightly oiled.
  • With a knife lightly score a line around the edge of each pastry, about 1/3″ (.75 cm) from the edge.
  • Divide the pesto and spread within the scored lines.
  • Arrange the tomatoes on the pesto and the cheese on the tomatoes.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400F (200C) for 10 – 12 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed and are golden brown.
  • Remove, sprinkle with fresh basil leaves and serve.

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This has been the most bizarre year…

We had winter right up until the end of June (with a day or two of spring tucked in) followed by blazing hot, dry summer for July and August, and now we’re back to winter.

We are not acknowledging it – no fires, no heat and mon mari is still cooking outside, albeit in a jacket.

But my garden is shutting down. I have tons of green tomatoes that I had great hopes for, three zucchini plants that went from non-productive to dead, and the green beans are shedding leaves like cartoon plants.

So I’m cleaning.

I hate cleaning.

I decided to do the worst tasks firsts this time, otherwise they never get done. I’m an expert procrastinator.

I’m cleaning out the kitchen cabinets.

In addition to the big, scary spiders that show up in the bathtub and other places this time of year, and that mon mari has to shoot with his elephant gun, we have smaller spiders, with a tiny body and long legs (not as big as the ‘daddy-long-legs’ we had in Wisconsin).

The smaller spiders get into everything and spin webs everywhere. They’re in the cabinets, the closets,  under the tables, in all the corners…. I’ve even found them inside the computer. They start around the middle of August and are relentless for a few weeks. We can get up in the morning and find a spider, with web, on the coffee machine….

Then they go away.

Not completely, of course, but almost.

Thus I am cleaning the cabinets.

As long as I’m vacuuming all the webs and spiders out of all the dark recesses of our cabinets I decided to see what was there and reorganize a bit.

If I had a euro for every time I said (to myself) ‘So that’s where that is!!!!’ I’d be able to hire someone else to do the cleaning.

If I had a euro for every time I said (to myself) ‘Why on earth did I ever buy that / am I keeping that????’ I’d be able to hire someone else to do the gardening as well.

As I have explained in the past, apparently I inherited my father’s pack-rat tendencies rather than my mother’s I-haven’t-used-it-in-month-throw-it-out tendencies.

What, you may wonder, am I doing with all these treasures?

Putting them back in the far corners, of course.

The spiders I’m sucking up in the hoover.

If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

5 thoughts on “Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Mini Pizzas, sucking it up”

  1. you know you can put those green tomatoes in a paper bag in a dark pantry and they will ripen…pizza looks yummy…getting ready to put in my fall garden…love living in south Texas something grows here almost year round

  2. Those mini-pizzas look amazing!
    I know what you mean about the weather – it was like that here as well. Last week we went from a day of 37 on Wednesday to 12 on Friday. CRAZY

  3. We have zillions of spiders here, too, each spinning a small, dense web. The part I can’t figure out is what they eat, since there are so few bugs here. Maybe they eat each other? In any case, I’m always sweeping their webs off the front of the house (yes, they are mostly outdoor spiders).

  4. Following up on a comment by a friend that conkers/horse chestnuts repel clothes moths, I discovered that having some in a room is supposed to deter spiders as well. I haven’t seen any horse chestnuts around here but I am going to look for some to try – I hope to find some before we leave next week in an attempt to reduce the amount of spider web I have to deal with when we return!

  5. gayle, I don’t think I could handle a fall garden… I’m always glad to put mine to bed for the winter LOL

    Jerry, I need more time to adjust – the thought of winter is not welcome yet ‘shudder’

    Zoomie, funny, as many little spiders and webs, and big spiders (they don’t seem to do webs) inside, I never see them outside on the house, Garden, yes, but not out on the house. Something to be thankful for I guess….

    Gill, must find horse chestnuts. Had a tree at our last house but didn’t know they had valu – other than as conkers LOL

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