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Friday, February 18, 2011

Mutt Meatball Recipe and Snoopy Prize Drawing

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Time to Give Up the Vigil, Oliver
The Snoopy Books Have New Homes
Our tribute to Charles Schulz has come to an end. Oliver has done his job well; he guarded the prizes, making sure Tanner did not decide they were chew toys. That's a very big job for a little guy and he deserves a reward, don't you think?

Of course! Before I announce the winners' names, let's share a sneaky little recipe for Leftover Night that your dogs will devour. I'll be sure Oliver gets his reward. Here's what I do with leftovers:
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Ready for the Dinner Bowl
or the Freezer
Mutt Meatballs 

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Leftovers--Good Stuff!
Your dogs will likely enjoy any assortment of meats you have available. Go ahead and mix them up, or make one-flavor meatballs if you prefer. I used 1/2 leftover cooked chicken breast, 1/2 braised pork chop, and 2 slices of leftover ham to make the meatballs in this photo, with a few cooked carrots mixed in as well. Even this small amount of leftovers made a dozen meatballs and filled 2 Busy Bones; great money saving opportunities shouldn't go down the garbage disposal. My dogs think this is heaven.

  1. When you clean out your refrigerator for those leftovers that just aren't going anywhere, give them a sniff. If they're still okay--no spoilage--then set the meats and veggies aside. Toss the onions and garlic; they're not safe for Fido.
  2. Separate the vegetables into one pile for addition to the mixture last.
  3. Cut up any large pieces of meat into bite sized chunks.
  4. Toss all the meats into the food processor with the blade in place at the bottom.
  5. Run the food processor until you have an evenly blended, course grind that looks somewhat like ground meat. 
  6. Now add the vegetables and  do a few quick whirs of the blade to mix them into the ground meat. There will be flecks of color from your vegetables now.
  7. The resulting mixture of ground meats and veggies will be a smorgasbord to Fido and a delightful addition (or partial substitution) to his dinner. Be sure to adjust his kibble accordingly, so he won't be getting too many calories.
  8. Using a soup spoon, I form meatballs with most of the meat. Size these to your dog; they should be too large to swallow whole. You want them to bite and chew them up, so they are not a choking hazard when frozen.
  9. Then I pack some of the mixture into hollow, sterilized beef bones. I freeze these for serving anytime I want to keep the pups busy while I have company, an important phone call, or something I can't be interrupted from. A frozen "Busy Bone" will keep the dogs working to chisel out the icy meat for anywhere from 15-30 minutes, depending on the shape and size of the bone. Great fun!
  10. The meatballs made above, can be served fresh today, and then freeze the remainder for serving either frozen (like a Busy Bone) or freshly thawed.
  11. To thaw safely, do it in the refrigerator overnight, and then serve the next day to assure freshness.
Now it's time to announce our Snoopy board book boxed set winners. If you're one of the lucky names drawn, be sure to drop me your address to ASAP. Your address will be used ONLY for this shipment--no spam mail afterwards. Today's winning names are: 

Congratulations. Hope to see you here for more upcoming children's books giveaways. Happy tails!
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Ruff Toy Reviews said...

Hey, way cool, that's US! Thanks so much, and great idea for leftover meat... wish I had this tip after all the holiday food we tossed out. Will remember this at Easter!

OscarBlogger said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've been wanting to prepare more treats for Oscar at home in order to save some money. Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop!

Nature by Dawn said...

Sephi & Maya would love those meatballs! If only I didn't hate cooking. :)

Nature by Dawn said...

What a great idea! I can give people who buy from my pet auto safety site a bumper sticker. If they put it on their car, that would be a great way to promote pet auto safety. Thanks!

v said...

I really liked your article. My name is Vince Stead, and I wrote a book about mixed breed dogs that you can get on Barnes & Noble and Amazon for only $2.99. Here is a link to it:

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