Thursday, December 29, 2011

Homemade Beef and Carrots Topper Recipe

Rusty isn't a big fan of toys. Given the choice he's more likely to take a nap rather than spend time with a new stuffed rabbit.

If this sounds like your senior dog (or dog of any age, really) what are you going to do to add a little variety to their life?

Why not try a Supper Topper?

A Supper Topper is just what it sounds like: a special treat to top your dog's regularly scheduled meal.

Today's recipe is for my Homemade Beef and Carrots Topper. It's pretty simple to make. Here's the ingredients you'll need to get started:

  • 3/4-1 lb shell steak
  • 1.5 cups diced raw carrots
  • Optional: A handful of shredded cheese
That's it. No sauces, no gravies, no spices. Your dog's sense of smell is already ten times more powerful than yours and their stomachs are usually (in my experience) more sensitive to spices than most humans, so why spoil a good thing by going overboard? Keep it simple.

  • Remove the excess fat from the steak and grill it until it's medium well done.  8-9 minutes in the George Foreman Grill does that for me.
  • Wash your carrots and then skin them and remove the stems (if they're whole carrots) and dice
  • Wait until the meat has cooled down and dice to roughly the same size as the carrots
  • Throw in a handful of cheese if you want.
  • Mix (Go ahead and mix it with your hands. You know you want to.)
That's all folks. 

It's called a topper, because it makes for a nice presentation on top of your dog's regular food, but I like to mix it in to make sure that everything is being eaten.

Reduce the amount of regular food by the volume of Supper Topper that you're adding.  I usually do 1/4 to 3/4 food.

This works just as good for Great Danes as it does for Yorkies. All you need to do is adjust the size that you're dicing the bits and you've got a great beefy, cheesy, crunchy addition to any meal. 

Refrigerate the rest and you've got plenty for several meals.