Monday, 25 September 2017

{RECIPE} "Lamburger" Meatball Dog Treats with Rosemary

Did somebody say lamb??? Cue the doggy drool! These bite-sized mini-meatballs are a snap to make and can easily be frozen to defrost for individual tasty treats at anytime. Yum!  Lamb is commonly available here in New Zealand, and my dogs are wild about it; however, you can easily substitute another lean ground meat to make these meatballs, if you (or your dog) prefer. 

Mini "Lamburger" Meatball Dog Treats with Rosemary 

 Approximately 150g lean minced meat (we used lamb)
1 egg
2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
1 tsp dried parsley (optional)
sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1/2 cup rolled oats
wheatgerm or rice/oatflour (optional) to adjust consistency for shaping (see tips below)

Preheat oven to 180C.  Combine mince, egg, flax, and herbs in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats. If using an optional add-in for cosnistency, knead it into the mixture to combine to the desired  consistency for shaping (see tips below).  Mix in remaining ingredients to combine.  Roll into small bite sized mini meatballs and place in a lightly greased baking dish.   Bake for approximately 20 minutes until cooked through.  Cool before serving or storage (refrigerate or freeze). Pampered pooches might enjoy their treats warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Lamb is common here in New Zealand, and my dogs are wild about it! You can easily substitute another lean ground meat to make these meatballs, if you (or your dog) prefer.
  • Not sure about the seasonings? You can omit or use less if you prefer.  Curious about dog-friendly herbs and other options? Check out this little slideshow at Modern Dog for other dog-friendly herb ideas.  
  • Treats can be made smaller for little dogs or broken up for serving. Batch quantity and cooking times will vary depending on your meatball size. 
  • When working with meatballs, especially making them miniature, I find adding adding some wheatgerm or flour to the mix helps to make the meaty mix easier to handle and shape.  This is, of course, completely optional.  How much depends on the wetness of the mix (varies with base ingredients) and the texture/absorbency of what I add for the adjustment.  For  these volumes and my usual meats, I use around 2 tbsp of flour or up to 4 tbsp of wheatgerm. In the meatballs pictured, I used 2 tbsp of oat flour.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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