The countdown to Christmas is on and since some of our most treasured Christmas memories involve our dogs, over the past week we have been sharing advice on everything from hazards to avoid and gifts to buy to make this year the best Christmas yet for all the family.
I don’t know about you but in our home Christmas dinner is a big thing. Ratings are even dished out at the end.
Not all festive foods are dog friendly though and while we all know about the dangers of chocolate, they aren't the only risky festive food.
Here’s how you can make a great Christmas dinner for your dog that they’re sure to love, bypassing all dangerous foods.
Christmas Dinner for Dogs Recipe
First, dice up a selection of fresh vegetables, such as parsnips, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, into manageable chunks.
If your dog is on a restricted diet, you can blanch in a pan, cooking lightly for around five minutes, so there’s still a little crunch to bite into, or you can oven bake.
If you choose to oven bake, roll the vegetable cubes around in some olive oil first. You can even sprinkle a little turmeric (great for joints) or add honey for additional flavour.
Pre-heat your oven to 190-200 Celsius and roast for around 25-30 minutes. Turn after 10-15 minutes so they are evenly baked.
Your dog might love the vegetable platter on its own but if you’d like to give your dog a Christmas dinner similar to your own, why not cook a small boneless chicken or turkey breast to go alongside their seasonal vegetable dish.
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Season your dog’s boneless chicken or turkey breast with olive oil and oven bake for around 25 minutes, or as directed on the packaging for the weight, or boil for approximately 8-15 minutes after bringing the water to the boil.
It’s important to cook separately to avoid mixing with any of your own turkey’s seasoning, such as stuffing or onions.
Then, leave to cool and serve!
As well as onions, gravy and stuffing, make sure your dog avoids chocolate, grapes, raisins, cooked meat bones and alcohol this festive season.
Mince Pies for Dogs
While dogs should avoid human mince pies at all costs, if the mood takes you, here's a recipe for meaty mince pies for dogs.
You will need to make your own pastry using a mix of 200g plain flour, 100ml oil and a beaten egg. You can even add some grated cheese into the pastry mix if you like.
Mix the flour and oil together, then slowly add the beaten egg and grated cheese, kneading until it resembles dough.
Then, roll out on a floured surface and cut out shapes to mould into a greased muffin tray. You will also need to cut enough lids from the dough to fit on top of each mince pie at the end.
If you don't have a muffin tray or enough pastry for the case and lid, don't worry. Really, you can shape however you like - a half moon pastie style will work equally well. Just cut out circles, fill as directed below, fold over and seal following the same process.
Once your pastry is ready and cut out in whatever shape best suits you, add a spoonful of beef or chicken mince into the pastry case until it’s about 2/3rds full.
Next, rub milk around the edge of the pastry case and press the lid on top, making sure to press the lid down all the way around to make sure it’s sealed safely, and if you like, brush some milk over the pastry lids for a nice shine once baked. Not essential though.
Pre-heat your oven to around 200 Celsius and bake for around 30 minutes. This recipe should give you enough for eight mince pies for dogs and you can store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
And that's it! Two festive recipes, safe for dogs to eat, guaranteed to get 10/10 by your dog. If you and your dog have your own favourite festive recipe, share in the comments below!