Bone Appétit: DIY Dog Treat Recipes To Make At Home
- Cristina Stavro
It seems the kitchen is as good a place as any to have some fun with our canine companions right now. So while our bikes and backpacks are waiting at the ready for the green light to get back at it, we're picking up our whisks and aprons and getting creative with our favorite sous chefs. Give these two homemade dog treat recipes a try – we're sure your #StayHome sidekick will be more than happy to help.
Bernie's Birthday Biscuits
Chef: Liz (also a Ruffwear Product Designer & Developer by day)
Sous Chef: Bernie
1 cup Brown Rice Flour (I didn't have any actual flour on hand, but I had brown rice, so I ground it up in my blender and turned it into flour. If you don't have rice flour, try a grain-free flour)
1/2 cup finely diced apple
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil (can be replaced with other oil, like coconut oil, but check to make sure it's ok for dogs to consume before adding it in)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grab a medium to a large-sized mixing bowl and a cookie sheet.
Add all ingredients into the mixing bowl. Be sure to taste-test your apple and make sure it's good ;) we used a Honeycrisp so we had to try some!
Stir together, and then combine well with hands into a dough ball.
Flour a flat surface to roll out your dough (with a rolling pin or something cylindrical like a bottle). Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness, making sure the thickness is uniform throughout.
Cut into whatever shapes you like! We went for hearts :)
Oil your baking sheet. I use just a bit of olive oil and then spread with a small piece of paper towel.
Bake for about 25 minutes, your biscuits are ready when they're a nice golden brown.
Bailey's Favorite Chicken Liver Dog Biscuits with Ketchup Glaze
From Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller
Chef: Elise (also the Ruffwear Operations Coordinator by day)
Sous Chef: Bailey
1 lb. Sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch wide pieces
13 oz. Chicken livers, cut into ½-inch pieces
¾ cup + 1 Tbs Fine cornmeal
3 cups + 3 Tbs All-purpose flour
1 cup Chicken stock
3 Tbs Ketchup
1 Tbs Egg whites
Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 250° F. Line two sheet pans with Silpats or parchment paper.
Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, until it has rendered its fat and is a rich golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
Pour off all but a generous film of bacon fat. Add the chicken livers to the pan and sauté, turning them frequently and smashing them slightly, for about 5 minutes until broken down to a paste. Remove from the heat.
Place the bacon in a food processor and pulse a few times to grind it. Add the chicken livers and process to combine, and then add the cornmeal and process until you have a coarse mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the flour and mix to combine. Slowly pour in the chicken stock and mix until the dough begins to gather around the paddle and feels moist to the touch. Remove the dough from the mixer and knead it just enough to combine.
Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll it out to a 3/8 inch thick sheet. Using the dog bone cutter (or a knife to cut into your own shapes), cut out the treats and arrange them on the prepared sheet pans. Knead the leftover trimmings together, roll out again, and cut out additional treats.
Bake until the treats are completely dry, about 1.5 hours in a convection oven or 3 hours in a standard oven. Remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 200° F
For the glaze: Whisk together the ketchup and egg whites in a small bowl and brush it over the top of the warm treats. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the glaze has set. Place the pans on a cooling rack and cool for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the treats to the rack to cool completely.
The treats can be stored in a covered container for up to 1 month.
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MMM…Ketchup glaze, just like my Grandmother’s meatloaf recipe. My dad continues the tradition. I might just eat one of Bailey’s treats too!
Hi Jim, I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet pup Eli’s passing. It is never easy. Bernie is a rez dog from the Tribe of Warm Springs, and I did a DNA test for him not too long ago. According to that test he is: 37.5% American Staffordshire Terrier / 25% Australian Cattle Dog / 12.5% Chinese Shar Pei / 25% Unknown (possible breed groups: Asian, Herding, Companion). His two littermates now look like large Australian Cattle Dogs, one has a blue merle coat and the other a red coat. When I adopted him, the shelter’s best guess was Australian Shepherd/Boxer mix because their mom looked a little like a tri-color Aussie. Hope this helps!
Thanks for these recipes! Ruff wear is a great company and You are always encouraging us to have fun with our dogs!
PS Just a small reminder to Liz the baker, rice is a grain.
Can anyone tell me what breed Bernie is? (See first and second pics above) He’s a spitting image of my pup Eli (I lost him recently to cancer after 12-1/2 years) except my boy must have had some German Shepard in him so his ears stood-up on top of his head. I have never know exactly what breed Eli was, and I’ve always been curios so I ask whenever I see another dog that looks like him. I suspect he was a cross between a Yellow Lab and a Shepard. Thanks!!
Someone asked if you can use something other than bacon in that recipe because her dog is allergic to pork.. Why not turkey bacon .Just add a little oil in place of the bacon grease.
Billie, try turkey bacon instead! :)
Can you use something other than bacon in this recipe? My dog is allergic to pork.