Wednesday, 23 September 2015

{RECIPE} Puppy Pizza Poppers

Everyone  loves a pizza party, dogs included! Unfortunately, many of the ingredients in our human pizzas can leave our furry friends with an upset belly, but others can make for a delicious special dog treat.

Puppy Pizza Popper Dog Treats
  • 1 single-serve jar of baby food in a dog-friendly meat and/or veggie flavour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp of basil (dried or finely chopped fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano plus additional for sprinkling
  • approximately 1/8 cup of shredded cheese and/or grated Parmesan (optional)
  • water if/as needed

Note: I'm a vegetarian so dogilicious meaty ingredients are not usually on hand in our kitchen, unless purchased specifically for our pets or guests.  I am sure that your dog would LOVE a little bit of cooked ground beef, mild sausage, bacon, or something similar added to the dough or as a topper if you are keen! I know that mine would. :) 

Preheat oven to 180C. Empty the baby food into a mixing bowl, stir in your seasoning herbs, and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Roll into small bite-sized balls and place on a lined baking tray. Press a finger indentation into the top of each ball, and fill with cheese and/or additional toppings if you wish, sprinkle with a little additional herbs, and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Remove and cool.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion to be dog-safe.
  • Rice flour is gluten free, so if your chosen baby food and toppings are gluten-free, then so are these treats. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
  • Curious about herbs for dogs?  Check out this handy slideshow from Modern Dog Magazine.
  • This dough can be frozen if you prefer to bake a smaller batch, or you can bake and freeze extras. 
The dogs give these treats a resounding four paws up...there was almost a riot while I tried to take a few photos for the blog.  Expect big puppy dog eyes and serious drooling. :) Drool catching bib/bandana optional, but I thought that little Humphrey's gingham bib was just to perfect not to include a picture (how to make your own very simple no-sew dog bandana).  Doesn't he look like such a cute little sous-chef?  His favourite part of the job is taste testing!

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