If you don’t know what offal is, it might make you squeamish. Best Bully Sticks doesn’t want to gross you out, but offal is all of the parts of poultry, or any animal, that you take out of the bird to cook it. Yes, that means the internal organs. For instance, when you’re cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, you take out the heart, liver, kidney and neck meat. It may sound strange, but these “leftovers” are actually great for making dog treats!
Lucy Norris proved this to us with her Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs. Lucy, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions, and academic foodie, is also a very loving doggy mom. She also writes the BrinyLife blog to document her adventures with fresh foods. Her dogs, Cassius and Roxy are always pictured Lucy’s photos and always look interested in sharing whatever Lucy is whipping up in her kitchen. BBS came across Lucy’s organic recipe for cookies using the offal she saved in the freezer from her last Thanksgiving turkey. BBS is glad to feature Lucy’s original post for Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs!
I’m a dog mom. That means that my dogs Cassius and Roxy are like children to me. I cook most of our “people meals” at home but I’ve never made homemade dog food or treats. We’ve always fed our dogs very high quality food so I never really felt it was necessary.
During a recent visit to Texas, my mom and I got to talking about a recipe for dog treats she created for her doberman pinscher Suzy. Suzy had not been feeling well and was off her food, but she really loves my mom’s homemade cookies. I decided today to make a batch of dog cookies. It’s based on my mom’s recipe but I used all organic ingredients, and instead of store bought ground turkey, I used up the organic turkey offal that has been sitting in my freezer since Thanksgiving. This cookie recipe is very simple to make, and most of the ingredients I had on-hand without a trip to the market. The dogs were willing and enthusiastic taste testers so this recipe seems like a winner.
1 large organic sweet potato or jewel yam, baked and mashed (or a 15 oz can pureed sweet potato or pumpkin)
Offal from 1 organic turkey, baked and diced (heart, liver, kidney, neck meat- no bones!)
Handful organic Italian parsley leaves and stems (about 1/3 cup) roughly chopped
2 organic, free-range large eggs
3/4 cup organic old fashioned oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until ingredients are pureed.
3. Chill the mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon out mounds the size of a heaping tablespoon and place onto the sheet -making sure the mounds are about an inch apart.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. The cookies will also harden as they cool- but not too much. Depending on the size of your cookie sheet, you may need to bake the cookies in two batches.
6. Allow the cookies to completely cool and then transfer to a airtight container or baggie and store refrigerated. Your dogs will thank you.
Makes 30 Cookies
Thank you to Lucy Norris at the BrinyLife blog for sharing her great recipe! And thanks to Cassius and Roxy just for being adorable!