How to make a tasty Christmas dinner for your pet

November 19th, 2012

With the Christmas season just around the corner, here is a very special recipe for your dog from writer Elaine Everest, author of hit book Canine Cuisine, and a recipe for a festive dinner for your cat from Marie Rayner, a top food blogger and author of ‘The Big Blue Binder Book’. Hope your pet likes it!

Christmas feast for your dog

Ingredients

  • Feeding dogOne mug of brown rice
  • One beef stock cube
  • Half a small butternut squash
  • Four large carrots
  • One head of broccoli
  • A small bunch of fresh parsley
  • One tray of minced turkey
  • A small carton of chicken liver
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • One mug of wholemeal flour
  • One mug of oatmeal
  • Four eggs
  • Half a mug of vegetable oil

Method

  • Heat your oven to 190°C or gas mark 5.
  • Put the brown rice into a pan with the stock cube and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the rice is cooked but not too soft.
  • Meanwhile wash the vegetables. Peel the butternut squash and chop all vegetables into even-sized pieces and place into a food processor. Blitz until the vegetables resemble fine breadcrumbs before adding the parsley for a final five-second blitz.
  • Place the finely chopped vegetables into a large mixing bowl along with the wholemeal flour and oatmeal. Mix together.
  • Next, place the minced beef and the ox liver into the food processor and blitz along with the garlic cloves until you have a smooth paste. Add the four eggs and mix well together for several seconds.
  • Add this mix to the bowl and stir together well. At this point, stir in the cooked rice and add the vegetable oil until you have a mixture that is not too runny. It is not essential to use all the oil. If the mix becomes too liquid, add a little more oatmeal to stiffen.
  • Pour into a greased baking tin or two round cake tins and place into the centre of the oven. The new-style silicon bakeware is ideal for this recipe as the cake will slide away from the container with ease. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when slid into the centre of the cake. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.
  • After feeding your dog a portion of his own cake, allow his meal to go down for an hour or so before enjoying a brisk walk with the whole family.

Christmas feast for your cat

Ingredients

  • 56g cooked turkey giblets, ground or finely minced (liver, heart, neck meat, gizzard) See note*
  • 28g cooked rice
  • 14g of raw, grated carrot
  • 14g chopped spinach (or one cube of frozen spinach thawed)
  • 1 tsp fish oil

Method

  • Feeding catHeat the fish oil in a skillet.
  • Add the ground giblets, rice, carrot and spinach.
  • Cook and stir over medium / low heat until heated through and the vegetables are soft.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Note* – I always cover the giblets with some cold water, bring to the boil and then simmer for several hours the day before Christmas so that I have a nicely flavoured broth to make my gravy with.

Have fun with your pet this Christmas!

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