Friday, 23 August 2019

{RECIPE} Beef and Carrot Meatball Puppy Party Snacks

Homemade meatball dog treats on a birthday party buffet table

I have a tendency to go a bit (just a wee little bit...) overboard on birthdays. Haha! My package of beef was bigger than needed for the turf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake and I already had pre-cooked ground beef on hand in the freezer so in an effort to be slightly practical, I baked dog-friendly meatballs with the extra beef instead.  Meatballs are quick to make, easy to handle/serve, freezer friendly, and can be defrosted as individual extra special treats or used to top/crumble onto food. Since carrots are Humphrey's favourite veggie, I included some grated carrot in his birthday meatball mix.

Step-by-step making meatball dog treats

{RECIPE} Beef and Carrot Meatball Puppy Party Snacks

ðŸĨ„ Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 150g lean ground beef (or other lean ground meat of your preference)
1 egg
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA
1 tbsp dried rosemary (optional)
1 cup grated raw carrot
1/2 cup wholegrain / rolled oats
Approximately 1/4 cup brown rice flour (optional, for rolling consistency and a drier handling baked meatball). See Tips and Tricks below.

ðŸĨ„ Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine mince, egg, flax, rosemary, and carrot in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats. If using flour, knead it into the mixture to combine to the desired  consistency for handling and shaping.  Roll into small bite sized mini meatballs and place in a lightly greased baking dish. 

Bake for approximately 20 minutes (cooking time will depend on size) until cooked through.  Cool before serving or storage (refrigerate or freeze). Pampered pooches might enjoy their treats warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.

Dalmatian eating homemade beef and carrot meatball treats at dog birthday party

Tips and Tricks:
  • 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, if 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.  
  • Meatballs are an easy treat alternative to a meatloaf-style cake. See our comprehensive post on homemade dog cakes for additional information on baking and safe storage, including meatballs. 

ðŸĶī Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. 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.

Dog birthday party buffet table with birthday cake and treats

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