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The Mama is working her way through all her favourite Christmas movies.
I’m sure most folks are imagining her watching It’s a Beautiful Life or Miracle on 34th Street, but let’s face it: The Mama is only masquerading as an adult. Based on her high pitched squeal only audible to dogs and level of giddiness that rivals mine when I get a bully stick, I’m going to say she’s about 6. (I was going to say 4, but Grandma said she must be older because she knows cursive and they don’t teach that anymore.)
So while grown ups were doing grown up things, Mama was snuggled on the couch watching elf. You wouldn’t think this awesome Christmas comedy would have anything to do with dog treats, but you are so wrong. Elf is like blueprint for great dog treats. Take this clip for example:
“You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.”
Wait just one woofing minute! Santa doesn’t smell like beef and cheese? WHY NOT?! Can you imagine a more wonderful, more fantastic “Christmas-y” scent than beef and cheese?! Woof no! So Mama set out to create a woofing awesome treat that looked like a Christmas Classic, but was 100% dog friendly.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. While the water is heating, peel and chop the potatoes. Place in boiling water and cook until tender and “mashable”. Drain off water, add cheese and mash until all chunks are broken up and cheese is melted.
In a pan over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef. Drain off any fat.
Place beef and mashed potato in the fridge to cool. The key to getting nicely formed balls is starting with chilled potato.
While that is chilling, place liver treats into a blender or food processor and grind until powdered. (Don’t have a blender? Use your rolling pin to smash them in the bag. Pour the powder into a shallow dish or plate.
Preheat oven to 300F.
Thoroughly mix together beef, potato & egg. Form into 1″ balls. Roll the beef & potato balls in the crushed liver.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Store in the fridge for up to a week or freezer for up to 3 months.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…
and it smells like beef and cheese.
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