Happy Valentine's Day
How about baking some treats for your “best” friends, your everyday Valentines?
I mean your really “best” friends...the ones who are there through thick and thin, good times and bad, happy to greet you when you are filled with joy, yet still there to lick the wounds of emotional trauma.
….the friends who will get you out of the house for a daily walk twice a day in rain, snow, and sleet!
You've already guessed that I am talking about our dog “best friends”.
So why not make their Valentine's Day special by baking a batch of “Doggie Biscotti”?
I think my dogs are allergic to wheat gluten. At least when I stopped using products with wheat flour and gluten, they stopped having itchy skin. So I made this recipe with wheat- and gluten- free baking mix.
I plan to try out oat flour (which you can make by processing quick cook organic oats in your food processor). But I was curious about this Bisquick Gluten free product which has rice flour and potato starch, both of which I know are in other dog biscuits I have purchased and my dogs didn't react to them.
So, long story, now here's the recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cook about 1 lb. chicken or beef liver in 2 tbsp butter until no pink is present.
Allow to cool and then puree in a small food processor to yield 1 cup of pureed cooked liver.*
Place in a bowl and mix in the following:
2 beaten eggs
1/3 cup olive (vegetable) oil
1/3 cup water
2 &1/2 cups of Gluten free Bisquick Baking Mix (this has leavening and salt in it so don't add any more)
Additional mix or water may be added, if needed for consistency.
Divide dough into halves and form each half into a log about 1” high and 3-4 inches wide.
Place on parchment lined pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15-20 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees.
Slice each log into ¾ inch thick biscotti slices.
Place biscotti slices on parchment lined baking pans and return to the 300 degree oven.
Bake 30 minutes, then turn and bake an additional 15 minutes until the cookies are crispy.
Cool and serve! Store extras in a covered container.
Now, remember, if you don't have time for Biscotti, you can always cook them a nice soup bone. Or—wait until the weekend to bake their cookies and tell them “Happy Valentine's Day” then. They won't know the day until you tell them anyway!
You may want to try 1 cup of canned pumpkin or pureed cooked sweet potatoes. You can also use other cooked, ground meats that you puree to 1 cup volume –or—you can even use jarred, pureed baby food meat.