It's Mr Teddy Elliott's first birthday today and what better gift to give him than the gift of snacks! These parmesan, rosemary dog bone biscuits are simple (and human grade) and use wholemeal flour, freshly grated parmesan, parsley, rosemary and stock and they're dog-gone delicious!
I have tried some of the dry dog snacks and they taste mostly like jerky. Dog food is generally very bland-you don't use much salt or sugar so they love human food as it is more seasoned and therefore tastier.
For this recipe I wanted to make some human grade but healthy dog food. Now I know some of you don't like feeding your dog wheat flour and you can substitute wheat flour with rice flour or oat flour (note: the latter isn't gluten free). Just play with the proportions a little-you want to arrive at a rollable dough. I even nibbled at this biscuit and it's not unlike those short parmesan cheese biscuits! Teddy loved them, especially the crispy ones and you can be safe in knowing everything that is in them.
At a market recently I stopped by a pet food stand that was selling treats. Ivy had Thor with her and she bought him an éclair that he wolfed down so I bought one to take home to Teddy. It was enormous so I broke it apart with my fingers and gave him a piece. He loved it and I broke off another little bit to give it to him and it disappeared in a second. Then I licked my fingers and found it as sweet as a human cake! No wonder he loved it but I had to explain to my little sock thief that he may not be able to have human sweet food all the time!
So tell me Dear Reader, are you strict with your pet's food or do you tend to give them human food?
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Parmesan Herb Dog Biscuits
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 135g/4.8ozs. wholemeal flour
- 30g/10z. grated parmesan cheese
- 140mls/5flozs. chicken stock
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh herbs (parsley and rosemary)
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line two baking trays with parchment. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll out on a lightly floured surface until thin (thinner than human cookies is best for smaller dogs, bigger dogs can handle thicker cookies).
Step 2 - Cut out with cutters and lay on the prepared baking trays (they won't spread very much at all). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp (Teddy preferred the smaller, crisper ones).