Thursday, February 16, 2017

Here's The Recipe For Our Bodacious Turkey Veggie Meatball Dog Treats

This year, we are determined to create a new, homemade dog treat recipe every week. So far. So good. At some point, last month, I realized, that's a lot of homemade dog treat recipes. By the end of the year, we should have over 50 recipes posted. At that point, I knew I needed to step out of the box. Or, better yet, kick that box to the curb. In other words, I had to broaden my horizons and create dog treat recipes that veered far away from what we've always done.

A couple of weeks ago, we created a recipe for a scrumptious Cheesy Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit. A few people had reached out asking if we could create a savory biscuit. Absolutely! It was our first attempt at a savory biscuit. Ever. We loved 'em. Our kids loved 'em. Our fur-nieces and fur-nephews loved 'em. Our Coco, who is a very picky eater, gobbled them up.

The inspiration for this week's homemade dog treat recipe came from 2 different sources. The first, more people reached out asking for a meaty homemade dog treat. The second was a post I stumbled across earlier in the week on Facebook. A Dog Dad purchased a bag of dog treats that looked like meatballs. Unfortunately, after feeding his pup a few, they didn't settle well. He threw the rest of the bag away and was frustrated. His pup loves meaty treats, but has a sensitive tummy.

This week, lean ground turkey was on sale. We picked up 4 packages. I froze 3. My original plan was to make our fur-kid's a pup friendly meatloaf for dinner along with some roasted vegetables. However, at the last minute, I decided to make them a Crock-Pot feast and use the ground turkey to create a meaty homemade dog treat.

Our fur-kids love meaty treats too, but up until today, we've relied on lean meats that we've grilled, baked, or sauteed for snackin'.

I grabbed some ingredients, stood at the counter. Hands on hips. My brain was spinning like a hamster wheel. Finally, it happened. I came up with the recipe for our new Bodacious Turkey Veggie Meatball Dog Treats. And, I altered a few ingredients at the end to make a grain free version.

Combine the following in a bowl...

1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
1/2 cup fresh grated carrot
1/2 cup grated sweet potato
1/4 cup fresh grated apple
2 eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used Jack and cheddar)
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cinnamon

The Grain Free Version
1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
1/2 cup fresh grated carrot
1/2 cup grated sweet potato
1/4 cup fresh grated apple
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix well. Shape into balls that are an appropriate size for your pups. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a non-stick pan and brown the meatballs.

Once browned, put on a non-stick cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with a non-stick liner or non-stick foil, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

I need to add a few things...

These Bodacious Turkey Veggie Meatball Dog Treats smelled AH-MAY-ZINGGGG while baking.

As always, I tasted the finished product first before allowing our fur-kids to taste test.

After the first bite, I could have done cartwheels down the street.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

So. Good.

With a sprinkle of salt, even better to my "hooman" palate.

When these meaty beauties were cooled, our kids were the next in line to sample.

It was love at first bite. I cut up 4 meatballs for them to share. The plate was empty in less than a minute.

On a side note, because these are made with meat, you need to keep these treats refrigerated. They DO freeze very well. So, keep out only enough treats for a few days. Freeze the rest. Take more out as needed.

Enjoy and happy baking!

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