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Someone’s in the Kitchen with Koly!
Someone’s in the Kitchen, I know-oh-oh-oh
Someone’s in the Kitchen with Koo-ooo-lllyyyyyyy
Cookin’ up great treat-o!
This might come as a shock to you, but I am a food hound. (Actually, Daddy says I am a Food W****, but we think that’s RUDE – and a little funny, but definitely true.) I will do ANYTHING for a snack. You want me to do tricks? Sure! What do you want to see? Sit? OK. Spin? Certainly. Doggy push ups? I’ll do twenty! I’ll make friends with the kid next door or the weirdo down the street, if I think they’ll give me a snack.
One day, I am sure that food will be my undoing. I’m actually glad that I am not tall enough to counter surf, ’cause if I could – NOTHING WOULD BE SAFE! Since I am only “knee high to a pig’s eye” I have to be content to get under Mom’s feet and try to be a general PITA while she cooks.
Our family likes to “say it with balls” and it’s a family tradition to make meatballs for all major family gatherings. She’s making Hawaiian meatballs for tonight’s family dinner. They smell great and I was *really* excited to try them, but APPARENTLY, just because I am a CANINE family member and not a HUMAN family member, I have not been invited to join everyone at the table. WHAT THE BARK? Rude. So very rude. But I am getting used to being treated with such indognity. I promptly began whining and pouting to hopefully make Mom feel *really* guilty!
Well, she’s a sucker for these sweet puggley eyes and decided to make something just for us dog’s – Pocket’s Sweet Potato & Fish Balls. They are named after one of the sweetest yorkies we know – Pocket. Aside from being supercute and having to pee more than anydog we know, Pocket is also wicked funny in her own right. Check out the blog that she writes with her sister, Foley Monster – and definitely, try making these snacks.
Pocket’s Sweet Potato & Fish Balls
1 VERY LARGE Sweet Potato or two medium sweet potatoes
4 Whitefish fillets (Cod, Haddock, Atlantic Whitefish..we’re not picky – any white fish will do)
Preheat oven to 150F or prep food dehydrator.
Peel the sweet potato & chop into chunks. Place in a pot and cover with water. Boil until soft & tender (about 15 – 20 min.) Drain off all liquid and mash well (the SP will look a little dry, but don’t be tempted to add moisture. This is exactly how you want it). Place in fridge and allow to cool until it is chilled enough to handle.
Dice whitefish into very tiny chunks (I tried for about 1/8″ cubes but it doesn’t need to be perfect) or pulse in the food processor. Pick up handfuls of the fish and over the sink, squeeze out excess water. Place on a kitchen cloth or paper towel and pat fish pieces dry. Repeat until all fish is drained/surface dried.
In a medium glass or metal bowl, combine fish & sweet potato, mixing well. Scoop teaspoons of mix out of the bowl and form into balls placing them at regular intervals on drying racks (see below) or on the dehydrator trays. (To reduce drying time, you can press them down with your thumb like you would a peanut butter cookies, so they are disc shaped) Once you have played with your balls and they are all the right size and shaped, place in oven or dehydrator. If you are oven drying these, I recommend propping the oven open a little to vent the air moisture. Dry the balls for approximately 6 – 10 hours or until they are crunchy and dry all the way through.
(c) Kolchak’s Kitchen
A few paws have asked what a drying rack is. A drying rack is a wire rack designed to allow air to reach all sides of the treat and to cook it evenly. Lots of pawrents use them to cool cookies. Make sure you get racks that are METAL and not plastic coated – the plastic ones are not meant to go in the oven. This is what they look like (These particular ones stack for maximumizing oven space):
(**Please note that we received no promotional consideration from Nesco for this endorsement, but if they wanted to send us stuff, that would be freaking sweet.**)
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