Occasional Bake Holiday MeatLoaf Dog Biscuits and Cat Treats
The desire to make an exciting treat and holiday stocking stuffer for some special four footed furry friends has set me on the path to perfect a series of baked goods I call “Occasional Bake”. Here I make a treat that is full of meats and tasty bites that you would not offer your pet on a regular basis but at special treat moments you bake away and create these delicious tempting bites. Here I am exploring ground beef, garlic, shredded raw carrot, brewers yeast, and parsley….to gain a flavor and a nice treat for my group of awesome kids. I am sharing my recipe with my reading audience so you too can include your family in this tradition.
Making a biscuit and a cat treat from this recipe is a matter of size and texture. I can assure you that my kitty test group really likes this formula and they have been up on the counter top searching for the secret door to my stash. I keep these baked treats in the freeze in an air tight container since they have meat in them.
1 pound ground chuck (lean is a better choice)
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
4 carrots, shredded
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp brewers yeast
3 cups Wheat flour
1 cup Wheat Bran
Place flour, yeast and wheat bran in your mixing bowl
Place ground beef and water in a deep 12 inch skillet. Heat on med until water come to boil. Work beef with spoon to make it a course meal like that you might use for a Mexican dish.
Shred carrot or use food processor to shred. Add carrot to beef in skillet.
Add garlic and parsley to skillet and stir meat until ingredients are well incorporated.
Add yeast to meat in skillet and stir in yeast. (you are killing off the yeasts ability to rise by doing this and we do not want a risen baked good in this recipe)
Add hot meat and water mixture to flour and knead with your mixer attachment or knead on your countertop by hand until you have a well blended dough ball.
Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to make your biscuits for the dogs. Keep in mind that you are making this for dogs of certain sizes and adjust the size of the biscuit.
For a cat….you are going to make a small bite treat. I roll my dough really thin….and cut small checker patterned strips in my dough with a paring knife. These will make little square kitty treats. I place these on my baking sheets and bake at 300F for about 20 min and I then treat them like biscotti and bake them again after rolling them over until they are hard and dry. In my over it took about 25 min to finish the size treats I was baking.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Allow cool for 30 min and test some on your crowd.