Absolute Treats

Homemade Liver Treats
So we read what must have been hundreds of recipes for homemade dog treats and came up with our own. Now you'll notice that this batch was created in what I like to call "Jennie's Style" in which, not just more but, much more is better.

Please feel free to reduce quantities and try different ingredients yourself. Cooking should be fun. And the best part is no matter how bad it is, you're companion will eat it anyway (Probably).

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 pounds Chicken Livers, Hearts & Gizzards (About 1.8 kilograms)
  • 4 pounds Beef Liver (About 1.8 kilograms)
  • 1 clove Garlic (Large)
  • 1 Kaiser Roll or similarly sized bread (Helps clean grinder)
  • 7 Eggs
  • 1 cup of Parmisiano-Reggiano and Romano cheeses (Grated) (Use only hard cheeses!)

  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • 2 cups Oatmeal (Rolled) (Not sure how coarse would work)
  • 2 3/4 cups Flour (Any kind is fine here)
  • 2-3 cups Corn Meal
  • 4 Baking Pans (15" x 10 1/4" x 3/4" deep) (or in centimeters that's about 38 x 26 x 2)
  • Non-Stick Spray
  • Meat Grinder
  • Roasting Pan or some other very large container for mixing ingredients by hand.

  • HOW TO MAKE IT:
    Grind the beef livers, the chicken livers, hearts and gizzards into your large roasting pan or pot. Be aware that liver is high in moisture so there will be a lot of splattering.

    Then send the garlic and the bread through the grinder. The bread is used to help push out most of the remaining meat so use large pieces.

    Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius).

    To the ground meats add the eggs, cheese, wheat germ, oatmeal and flour and mix well. Your hands are the best utensils for this job.

    Apply the Non-stick spray to your baking pans. Add some corn meal to each pan and tilt & tap the pan so the corn meal sticks to the non-stick spray and coats the bottoms and sides of the pans.

    Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal parts, one for each pan. Spread into each pan so that it is not more than 1/2" thick. Place all 4 pans into oven.

    Bake for 45 to 60 minutes at 350F (177C).

    Reduce heat to 170F (77C) and continue baking for 2 more hours. This is actually a drying process so you should check them and remove them once they're to the texture you like.

    Remove pans from oven and let cool. Then cut your creation into cubes. You can freeze these for up to a year, maybe longer. We're not sure if they taste the same after a year but the dogs don't seem to mind!