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Meaty Biscuits for Your Furry Friend
We love dogs... They're furry, they're loving, they're devoted, and they love us. Man's best friend may very well be attached to us because of the "bond" developed over time, but there's no argument that dogs like treats as much as we do. So, how do we answer their natural desire to eat something scrumptious? Well, we could go to the store and buy them some random processed junk to chew on... or we can put a little love and work into making them some doggie biscuits.
Meat and Carrots
We've found that our dogs have a particular love for carrots. And that's great - carrots are inexpensive, readily available, and (according to multiple articles like this one about Healthy Treats for Dogs) good for them in many ways. So, we use carrots and meat - a dog's OTHER love - to make treats.
- 1.5lbs boneless COOKED meat of your choice
- 1 carrot, large
- 3 cups flour, wheat or white
- 1.5 cups water, may substitute bullion from cooked meat
The ingredients should be combined at a particular ratio in order for this recipe to flow smoothly. You'll need a cup of flour for every half pound of meat. You'll need half a cup of liquid for each cup of flour. Don't worry about overdoing it with the carrot(s)... within reason. Also, you may boil meat for consumption and use the remaining bullion in place of water... the dogs love that!
Regarding the flour, either wheat or white can be used. We prefer to use whole wheat flour for just about everything we make at home, so that's what is usually around. If you happen to have only white - or a little bit of both, for that matter - it'll do.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Dice meat into small chunks (the smaller, the better). If you're feeling adventurous, throw the meat into a blender and turn it into puree/paste of sorts. Transfer meat into a large (6 qt) mixing bowl.
- Finely grate one large carrot and combine with meat, mixing thoroughly.
- Add two cups of flour to the meat/carrot mixture, stir until mixture is thoroughly coated in flour. The light moisture from the meat and carrots will allow most of the flour to stick rather than falling toward the bottom of the bowl.
- Add half a cup of liquid to the bowl, stirring until liquid has been absorbed and a sticky flour, meat, and carrot mixture forms.
- Add the remaining cup of flour and stir.
- Add remaining liquid half a cup at a time while turning the mixture into dough.
- Knead mixture in bowl for roughly five minutes to ensure all ingredients combine evenly. Can't get all the flour to combine? Add a splash of liquid. Too mushy? Add a puff of flour... Yes, you'll knead by hand. Yes, you'll get a little greasy here (that's the love and work we talked about earlier).
- Roll dough into balls and place them on a foil-lined cookie sheet or two, spaced more or less evenly. This isn't an exact science... There's no specific spacing requirement (the biscuits won't flatten out during the baking). They don't have to be any exact diameter, ours were about 1.5" for our big dogs. You can make yours smaller, if you like, and cut down the baking time slightly.
- Bake on middle rack at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The biscuits will harden (like bread) and turn golden brown.
- Remove from baking sheet and cool on bread rack for about half an hour before serving. Don't have a bread rack? Don't worry... just put them on a cutting board and leave them on the counter until they've cooled.
The consistency of the finished product will be just slightly doughy at the center (as you can see from the cross-section photo). It's more moist than anything else, really...