I’m living it up here in NY. I don’t have much to report today because I fail at taking pictures.
I know, I’m a bad blogger.
Oh well. At least I have a recipe for you tonight.
But before this recipe, here’s a little background.
You guys know I have a dog named Rocky, right?
Well, Rocky is kind of weird. He loves carrots, but spits out beans and broccoli. He prefers to sleep with his nose buried.
And he barely eats when he’s in the kennel. This is something he’s done for as long as I can remember. So for the few days before we put him in the kennel we always give him a little extra food in hopes that he won’t come back to us looking like a neglect victim.
This year was extra important because in his old age (he’s 15.5!) he’s having trouble keeping weight on as is. So rather then just load him up on kibble, I decided to give him something special; something he would want to eat.
Beggin’ For Bacon Biscuits
Yields about 2 dozen.
½ c rolled oats
½ c crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
1 T bacon fat
¾ c hot water
1/3 c cornmeal
~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour
Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.
Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you press them into is the shape you’ll get.
Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center.
When they are completely cool, serve.
*The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.
But that doesn’t mean this is old people dog food.
On the contrary. With big chunks of real bacon and enough bacon fat to flavor the whole thing, this will be a biscuit that any pooch will love. (They’ll also love you if you put the leftover bacon fat on their kibble, which is what I did.)
And, you can feel good because unlike store-bought dog treats — which are often made with byproducts, “artificial flavors,” and pig skin — these are made with real, whole foods.
Because if your dog is as much a part of your family as mine is, then you know they deserve healthy food, too.
What about you, eaters:
Would you ever make your own pet treats?
And do you know what’s in the food you feed your pets?