My dog Tigger (aka Tig Tig, Tiggles, Wiggles and an array of other names) and I recently visited my sister Jessica and her dog, Stella, in Winston-Salem, NC. While we were there Jess and I decided to make the girls homemade dog treats but we never actually got around to it. When Tig and I got back to the low country we decided to make them anyway since she was low on dog biscuits.
The recipe below is one that I created around Christmas to give as gifts to all the dogs in my family. It’s easy, has minimal ingredients, is healthy, and dogs seem to love the them! The salmon and flax seed provide a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and are good for your dog’s skin and heart whereas the sweet potato is good for vision and digestion.
Tigger seems to think she’s a cat and loves fish so while I was making these she was trying to help out by sitting at my feet ready to clean up anything that I dropped. I let her lick the bowl the salmon was in!
Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed
1 can salmon, undrained
1 T flax seed, ground
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour and flax seed.
- In a separate bowl combine the sweet potato, salmon, and egg.
- Stir the sweet potato mixture into the flour.
- Mix until combined then turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
- On a well floured surface (the dough is pretty sticky so make sure you use a good amount of flour) roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick.
8. Using a fork dock the dough (poke a bunch of smalls holes in it so it doesn’t bubble up in the oven).
9. Using either a cookie cutter or a knife cut out shapes and lay on a greased cookie sheet. Make sure that all of the biscuits on the sheet are uniform in size or else some might burn while others aren’t cooked all the way.
10. Bake for about 25- 30 minutes depending on size or until the biscuits are dried out.
11. Let cool.
The recipe makes a lot of biscuits but you can freeze the dough or the biscuits if you like. Also, the biscuits will go bad pretty quickly if you don’t thoroughly dry them out, so make sure they’re crunchy but not burnt when they come out of the oven.