Monday, 13 November 2017

{RECIPE} Tasty Turkey and Turmeric Meatball Dog Treats

Tasty turkey? Yes, please! We may not have a Thanksgiving holiday feast to plan in our part of the world, but any time of year can be turkey time. It's a dog's life indeed!  These simple turkey meatballs get a big boost of fragrance and flavour as well as added healthy goodness from their savoury seasonings.

Tasty Turkey and Turmeric Meatball Dog Treats

 Approximately 150g lean minced turkey (or other ground meat of your preference)
1 egg
1 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
1 tbsp turmeric powder (optional)
sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon (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, turmeric, pepper, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats. If using an optional add-in like wheatgerm or flour for consistency/handling, 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.  You will note in the collage above that my sous-chefs kept a very close watch on the cooking status. So very helpful in the kitchen!  Cool before serving or storage (refrigerate or freeze). Pampered pooches might enjoy their treats warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Turmeric has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties along with other potential health benefits for dogs (and people), and we often include some in our treats and sprinkled onto the dog's regular food.  Not keen on turmeric? Our dogs love it, but you can omit or use less if you prefer.  Curious about swapping in different dog-friendly herbs? Check out this little slideshow at Modern Dog for dog-friendly herb ideas.  
  • Remember, turmeric stains so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats. 
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • 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 (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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