Baking dog treats has become my favorite thing to bake...because I love spoiling my kids. And since I'm not eating the treats, it's calorie free baking! And they are always appreciated, no one ever turns down my homemade treats!
I found this recipe in the March issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray, which is the only magazine I know of that has a recipe to make for your dogs in every issue. Rachael, dogs everywhere love you for that...well at least mine do.
So the recipe calls for ground lamb, which might be hard to get depending on where you live and it can be a little pricey...but ground beef should work equally as well.
And these are my favorite kind of treats to make...no rolling...and cutting into cute shapes, that your dogs care nothing about. You just brown the lamb with shredded sweet potato and mix with the flour, eggs, and water. And spoon out onto a baking sheet and bake...So easy I decided to make a double batch!
Lamb and Sweet Potato Bites
adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray March 2012
4 oz ground lamb
1/2 cup shredded sweet potato
2 cups flour
1/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet cook together the lamb and sweet potato together until the meat is browned. Transfer to a large bowl along with any meat juices; let cool for at least 5 minutes. Mix in the eggs, flour, and water. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of the mixture onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake until browned on the bottom and firm to the touch, 20 to 24 minutes. Let cool. These treats can be stored in the refrigerator for one week or freeze them for up to 2 months.
Makes 24 treats
(Note: I doubled the recipe and used a tablespoon cookie scoop to form the treats. I baked for 24 minutes and ended up with 42 treats.)
But now the real test...Who wants a treat?