Beet, Potato, and Beef Dog Treats

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Since we found out about all of Eddy’s allergies, I’ve had a really hard time not being able to spoil him.  The sadness on his face when I make myself a peanut butter sandwich and don’t put a dollop in his bowl is just heartbreaking.  I’m a big softie… We did get him hypoallergenic treats, but he doesn’t seem to like them very much.  That simply won’t do.  Read on if you would like to see exactly how I made two types of beet, potato, and beef dog treats out of one recipe!

You will need:

– Beef.  Now I don’t know anything about meat, as I am a vegetarian.  But this was a small package, and there were bones which I thought might do nicely.  It said good for slow cooking, which is what I planned to do with it!

– Canned beets

– A few potatoes, and whatever your preferred mashing tool is.  Usually I use my hand blender, but today I was just feeling the old school masher.

– Cookie sheet for baking the treats

– Silicone mold for freezing the treats (not pictured)

– Pan for the beef, and a pan for the potatoes.

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Put the beef in a pot with enough water to cover it.  Don’t put in too much water, because you’ll want the water to have flavor since we will be using it later.  Bring it to a boil, then reduce to low and let it simmer.

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Once you get the beef going, start on the potatoes.  Cut them into pieces, bring to a boil, and then let bubble on medium heat until the potatoes are soft.

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After the meat has simmered for about an hour, take it out of the broth, cut into small chunks, and then return it to the broth.  Keep simmering for another hour.

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When the potatoes are soft, drain them, and mash them.

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Then, open the can of beets, drain the juice, and mash the beets right in with the potatoes.

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When you feel like the meat has had enough time to simmer in its juices, add the meat and juice to the potato and beet mixture.  You want the final mixture to be soft, but not very soupy.  I used all the meat, but not all the broth – that went into the freezer for another adventure!

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Hey, this batter is pretty great!  I got “human food” and I love you!

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Scoop some small dollops onto the cookie sheet and place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

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When I took them out of the oven, I let them sit for at least 5 minutes.  The treats will be firm-ish but still malleable.  This is what I was looking for, so that I can smush pills into them.

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Eddy was a big fan.

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I made a lot of the batter, so I tried freezing some of it in silicone molds (super cheap at IKEA).  Thought this would be a nice treat as it has been a hot summer so far.  Eddy seemed to like them frozen too!

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Hope your dog enjoys this treat as much as Eddy does!  Let me know if you made any changes, and how they turned out.  If you send a picture of your dog chowing down on a beet, potato, and beef treat to Caitlyn@finickypooch.com, it might just end up here on the website!

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