What do carrots, turkey, sweet potatoes and apples have in common? They’re all staples of an American Thanksgiving. But they’re also perfect ingredients for home-made doggy treats.
So, tomorrow, plunk the guests in front of the football game and take a few minutes to turn the ingredients you’ve already got in the kitchen into special morsels for – let’s be honest – the real critters for which you’re thankful!
Yummy Turkey and Carrot "Cookies"
2 lbs. of leftover turkey ground or chopped very fine (no skin, no bones)
2 cups cooked rice
8 oz. peas
3 carrots shredded
1 apple, diced
In mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. On a baking sheet, drop the batter into small round biscuits or form larger squares you can cut up later. You could get fancy and use a cookie cutter with a bone shape, too. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool before serving.
Yummy Turkey and Cheese Treats
2 cups chopped cooked turkey (no skin, no bones)
2 tablespoons grated cheese
2 tablespoons of peas (optional)
2 cups wheat flour
2 tablespoons brewer's yeast (optional)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine turkey, cheese and peas and mix well. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then pour them over turkey mixture. Add the flour, yeast and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Drop as small lumps onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until brown and firm.
PBP (Peanut Butter and Pumpkin) Treats
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
1/2 cup oats
3 cups flour
3 tablespoon of peanut butter
Stir together the flour and oats. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to ½” thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 until golden brown.
Sweet Potato Dog Goodies
1 cup of canned sweet potato or leftover sweet potato removed from the skin and mashed
1 3/4 cups flour
1 egg (beaten)
2 tablespoons peas (optional)
Stir ingredients together in a large bowl until dough forms. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 350 until golden brown.
A is for Apple Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 finely chopped or grated apple
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
1/2 cup cold water
Blend flour and cornmeal in large mixing bowl, add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water until well blended. Roll the mixture out on a floured surface until it’s about an inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Then, turn oven off and leave cookies inside for another 30-45 minutes until crisp.
We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SHUG!