2.11.2009

In the Kitchen: Wicket Biscuits

After Wicket's bout of sickness, I resolved to monitor his eating more carefully to see if any of the myriad of treats he consumes could have been a trigger for gastric upset. During his illness, Jess and I tossed his open bag of food and his half-full containers of treats and purchased new items, scanning the labels of each product for anything suspicious.

After some research and trial-and-error, he's now happily on a diet of a portion of dry Spot's Stew twice daily, with the occasional American-made rawhide stick and maybe a Purina Carver or two to round things out. Though I concede that everything made overseas is not necessarily evil, Jess and I decided that for anything Wicket was going to ingest, we'd try to stick with domestically-produced items. We were dismayed to find that the list of treats that fit our criteria was slim. Through careful perusal of the local pet stores' goods, we found even within a given brand the ingredients list were not consistent - so we chose a few that we felt comfortable with and stuck with 'em.

I decided to try my hand at making some homemade goodies for him, something with ingredients I knew he would like, and more importantly, would be safe. Here's what I came up with:

Wicket Biscuits for Dogs
Ingredients:
3 small glass jars of chicken baby food
1 cup rice flour
1 1/2 cups of your pup's current dry kibble
1/4-1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese, optional
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Put the dry kibble into a food processor and pulse in spurts until the kibble is a coarse meal.

3. Empty the baby food jars into a medium mixing bowl.

4. Add the rice flour and ground dry kibble and mix to form a dough. If using cheese, add to mixture now. Add water or extra rice flour as needed for mixture to take on a very stiff consistency.

5. Roll the dough out on a smooth, hard surface, dusting with flour as necessary to prevent sticking.

6. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out individual biscuits and place on a cookie sheet.



7. Brush tops of the biscuits with olive oil.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and let sit until oven is cool. Turn trays if necessary so the biscuits bake evenly.

9. Feed 1-2 biscuits as a treat, and enjoy sloppy kisses from your happy spoiled puppy! Store extra biscuits in the fridge and make sure your best canine friend has lots of fresh water available at all times.

1 comment:

mrs shortcake said...

I am SO going to try this! Thanks for the recipe! :)