Thursday, March 17, 2011

Delight Your Dogs with
St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
(c) Carrie Boyko
Chicken and Green Bean Shamrocks

The All Things Dog Blog kitchen has certainly been busy lately. Tanner and Oliver enjoy green beans and now we know they also love them in dog biscuits. These are not your ordinary  biscuits; they're chock full of all-natural chicken and organic green beans, for a tasty and healthy treat or even a fun substitute for today's usual meal. My boys will enjoy a breakfast of a mixture of Shamrocks and their staple, organic dog chow. They were happy to play along in advance to get these photos. 

Interested? They're super easy to make and extremely healthy. Check it out:
(c) Carrie Boyko
Love the Green Tinted Dough
from the Green Beans

St Patrick's Day Chicken and Green Bean Shamrocks


  • 2 all-natural or organic chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh organic green beans, washed
  • 1/4 Cup organic chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 2-1/3 cups organic white or wheat flour, or try using 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat (While I generally prefer wheat flour for its health benefits, white flour will allow the green bean color to show up better in these cookies that are special for St. Patrick's Day. A natural green coloring can be added to enhance the hue, if you wish.)
  1. Cut each chicken breast into about 6 pieces
  2. Bring a quart of water or chicken broth to a boil.
  3. Add chicken and green beans. 
  4. Lower heat and simmer until chicken is done--white in the center.
  5. Strain well.
  6. When cool enough to work with, place chicken and beans in food processor with sharp blade in place.
  7. Run until meat and beans form an even, light mixture. 
  8. Remove from food processor to change to the dough blade, and replace chicken mixture.
  9. Add egg and 1/2 of the flour. Knead using the food processor, or by hand if you prefer. 
  10. Add additional flour gradually, using 1/4 cup broth if needed to get a cookie dough texture, firm and suitable for rolling. You may need to add more flour or broth to get the texture you desire.
  11. Refrigerate dough while you clean up and prepare for rolling and baking.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets.
  13. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  14. Dip cookie cutters (or even a small juice glass) in flour and use a thin spatula for removal to cookie sheets for baking.
  15. Bake 25-30 minutes, depending on dough thickness and the size of your cookies.
  16. Remove to cooling rack and continue until all dough is used, or freeze dough for future baking.
  17. Refrigerate what you can use or give away in 2-3 weeks. Freeze extras for use later.
This recipe makes about 4 dozen small treat-sized bones, as well as 8-12 larger biscuits for a special occasion meal substitute or enhancement. These also make a nice gift for your Irish Wolfhound friends (wink, wink), or any Fido that will enjoy them as today's pot of gold special. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
(c) Carrie Boyko
Share Your Shamrocks, Boys

Oliver has a few comments over at 5 Minutes for Fido, so stop by and check out his antics. 

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Jan said...

What a fun way to celebrate the day. Being the slacker that I am I probably won't make them though. Maybe I'll just add green beans to their food.:-)

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! LOVE to make delish treats. Golden Thanks for the recipe. Happy St Pat's Day. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Lizzi said...

Thank you for sharing. How wonderful is that. Maybe we'll try this tonight! Happy St. Patty's Day!

Jazzi said...

Just found your blog and these treats look so yummy. I will see if my mom can make me some like today!! drop by my blog, I put your link on it to send other doggies over to see this!!


Katie said...

Looks like some cool treats!

FiveSibesMom said...

Just came across this recipe on your site...I can not wait to try it! I feed green beans pretty often, so I always have them on hand!

I also submitted your blog for a web blog award for informative dog blog! February they announcement the accepted sites, so good luck! I just always enjoy your blog and thought you were very deserving of a nomination!

Katie said...

I think I will make these treats for my girls this year

Kolchak Puggle said...

These are adorable! I might try making them with potato flour :0)

dog cake maker said...

Wow that is a great idea, I want to use flour instead of chicken to make these and some how make it into a cake for my dogs.

Serena Hedman said...

This is a really excellent article. Thank you for sharing!

Electronic Cigarette UK said...

Thanks for the recipe. My little girl Lassie will love this.

Katie said...

I just got done making these, I also added peas to them

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