We found this crazy book at a garage sale a couple of years ago, called The Outrageously Big Activity, Play and Project Book. It's a British import so there are a lot of craft and recipe ideas that I haven't come across in American books. The kids love the book and ask to make something out of it frequently. We decided to make the funny face pizzas from the book recently and had so much fun putting them together as a family.
As it turned out, the kids wanted to eat the ears and bow-ties (made of kiwi and grapes) continuously and weren't all that interested in the actual pizzas. I think they may be fruititarians. But the memory of making them together was the best part. And I think they turned out super cute.
You can really use whatever toppings you like for the ears, nose and mouth. The book suggests flower-cut slices of mozzarella cheese for eyes, a mushroom slice for the nose and a green pepper strip for the mouth. The book also adds "a carton of mustard and cress" for hair. We thought about adding alfalfa sprouts, but decided to go with bald funny faces instead so we didn't have to head to the store. We used black olive slices for eyes and leftover purple hashbrowns for the mouths. The kids had fun making a crazy face that they named "Pete," after the pseudo bad guy on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He had a lot of eyes, a melted off mouth, plenty of noses and was awarded no ears or bow-ties. Hilarious.
I think the most important part of the recipe is the kiwi ears and the cute little kiwi bow-tie. It's so simple, but brilliant. For this recipe, we made six mini pizzas, so I sliced 12 slices of kiwi (about 1 1/2 kiwis...Bug obliged me my throwing herself on the extra kiwi half). Then you cut those slices in half. Slice the ear halves lengthwise and the bow-tie halves across the shorter width for the most accurate ears and ties. Then you top the center of each bow-tie with a grape for the knot! We left ours whole, but I suppose you could cut your grapes in half so they'd lay flat if you want it to be perfect.
Funny Face Mini Pizzas Recipe
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 cup shredded cheese (we used Mexican cheese)
12 black olive slices: EYES
6 mushroom slices: NOSES
6 pepper slices (or leftover hashbrowns!): MOUTHS
12 kiwi slices (about 1 1/2 kiwis): BOW-TIES & EARS
6 grapes: BOW-TIE KNOTS
Preheat oven to 425.
Place thawed pizza crusts on a sprayed cookie sheet. Mix garlic and olive oil together and spread over pizza crusts.
Now the kids take over!
Spread cheese over each crust. Don't worry about it being perfect. There will be a crazy face or three in there that have melted faces and many eyes.
Top cheese with eyes, noses and mouths.
Mom or Dad, hop back in here!
Bake at 425 for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
OK kids, you're back on.
Bring your ear and bow-tie materials to the table for serving and have the kids place them on their plates.
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