Motivated by my recent puff pastry fish dinner project, I thought I could do the same type of thing with calzones. I made my own pizza dough with a bread machine, then let it set in the fridge overnight. The next day I put a few calzones together trying different techniques: using large cookie cutters, cutting with a knife, and molding by hand.
While I was getting dinner started yesterday, my 2 year old son asked me if he could play with the pizza dough, I realize he thought it was play dough! So, I thought, well why not? And so, pizza boy was created.
I flipped a cereal bowl upside down onto the rolled out dough, then using a knife, cut around the bowl to make a nice circle for the face.
Brushed the dough with melted olive oil and chopped garlic (I microwave the oil and garlic for about 1 minute to soften the garlic a bit and flavor the oil). Then added some chopped basil, cherry tomatoes, olives, with plenty of mozzarella cheese.
My son was giggling and participating in the whole process. He was so excited while waiting for “pizza boy” to cook in the oven (about 10-12 min @ 350). He ate everything, narrating exactly what part of the face he was about to eat. Talk about making dinner fun!