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Tasty Tuesday: Ginger Apple Lamb Muttballs

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This weekend ground lamb was on sale at our local meat shop.

Lamb is a favourite of the pups and the Mama at Casa de Kolchak, but we don’t get it very often because the Daddy isn’t a fan. Since it was such a great deal, the Mama wanted to make us some tasty lamb dog treats. She knew exactly what she was going to do: mix tasty lamb with some dog-friendly herbs and make cookies. They turned out fabulous and we love them. The only problem?

You know what they say about great minds, right?

Last night the Mama realized that she had seen the recipe somewhere before. It was a little bit different – we used different herbs and a grain free flour, but other than that? It was almost identical to the Lamb & Honey Treats from Doggy Dessert Chef. You should definitely try them, but we knew we’d have to share something else that was tasty & awesome for Tasty Tuesday.

apple ginger lamb  dog treat recipe

We decided to make a cross between a meatball and a cookie, featuring some of our favourite flavours.

These tasty cookies make a great bite sized snack. They’re sturdy enough to carry in your pocket  without breaking up and small enough that you can easily give your pup a few without ruining their diet.

Tasty Tuesday: Ginger Apple Lamb Muttballs


  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Lamb
  • 1 small apple, peeled & finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated (or 3/4 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 1 tsp. fresh basil (or 1/2 tsp. dried basil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. Quinoa Flour + 2/3 c. Tapioca flour + 1/2 tsp. Guar Gum
  • (If your dog is grain-tolerant, you can use regular white flour or a Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix)


Pre heat oven to 350F.

In a pan over medium-high heat, toss together the ground lamb, shredded apple & ginger. Cook until lightly browned. Remove from heat, drain off any liquids and allow to cool until you can handle the lamb.

Mix together lamb mixture, basil and egg. In a separate bowl, mix together flours & guar gum. Mix in flour a little at a time until you form a non sticky dough.

Break off small pieces of dough and roll into 3/8" - 1/2" balls.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, shaking occasionally to "flip" the muttballs.

Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you prefer a crunchy treat, you can leave these in the oven, turn the heat down to 150F and bake until they are crisp all the way through (approx. 2 - 4 hours)

Bone Appetit!


Do you like lamb? What’s your favourite flavour to pair it with? Herbs, Mint or Fruit?


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Monday 25th of November 2013

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Gizmo Geodog

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

Maybe it's spring so everyone's thinking of lamb this week...You are very lucky to find it on sale...It's not easy to find lamb here and it NEVER goes on sale...We need to move

Kirby the Dorkie

Tuesday 12th of March 2013

We still doin lamb too! Great minds thinks alike! Mmmm, hadn't thought of ginger with lamb.


Tuesday 12th of March 2013

This is based on one of the Mama's favourite human recipes. She makes a spicy red pepper jelly to go with it and it's DELISH!


Tuesday 12th of March 2013

Absolutely LOVE lamb. I buy it from the same place I get it for the dogs. My favorite it to make lamb curry.

Also, wanted to let you know that your page loaded way faster for me today. Not sure if you did anything to it or if my internet was just feeling more cooperative, but wanted to let you know either way.


Tuesday 12th of March 2013

Thank You Crystal! I think the problem was the 301 redirects from the OLD blog pages to the new. I've been slowly tidying them up so hopefully this should keep improving!

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