The holiday season is a time to share and spend time with your loved ones, and when it comes to sharing, food is the ultimate gift!
However, a lot of our traditional holiday foods are not safe for dogs to eat: gingerbread biscuits contain nutmeg which is toxic to dogs while mince pies are a big no-no as the ingestion of grapes & currents can cause severe kidney failure.
BUT- Be merry! Be bright! We've got you covered with a traditional recipe that your dog will devour before Santa has time to put one foot in the chimney: a Shepherd's pie!
This Shepherd's pie is safe for dogs to eat and easy to portion and freeze so your dog can enjoy holiday left-overs til January... just like you do!
For those that are not born chefs, we even made a Cheat's recipe using our Doggy Grub kangaroo casserole.
Dog friendly Shepherd's pie
- 500g lamb or beef mince.
- 1 medium size carrot, finely chopped
- 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp chickpea or rice flour
- 500mls veggie stock (low salt)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 40g coconut oil
- 1/4 cup oat milk
- Handful of chopped parsley or 2tbsp of dry
- 1 cup grated cheese (optional)
You can use veggies you have on hand, such as green beans, kale, fennel etc.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high, heat 20g of the coconut oil.
- Add carrot, celery and peas, stir for 5min until soft.
- Add mince meat and keep stirring for 5min or until meat is cooked.
- Add the flour and cook for another 2min until well combined.
- Add stock, parsley and bring to a boil, stirring, until it thickens (30min).
- Meanwhile, cook the sweet potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water until tender (15min). Once drained, mash using a potatoe masher or fork with the remaining coconut oil, until smooth.
- Add milk and stir until combined.
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Spoon the lamb mix into a large baking dish. Top with mash and spread, over the lamb mix.
- Bake for 20min adding the cheese (optional) the last 5 min of baking.
- Make sure to cool down well before serving.
You can divide serving size based on your dog's weight and freeze portions
Cheat's Shepherd's pie
Instead of cooking your meat and prepping your veggies, use a 650g pack of Doggy Grub kangaroo casserole
It has kangaroo meat ( a great Aussie take on this traditional recipe), carrots, peas & spinach.
It's already cooked so all you need to do is spread the meal in a baking dish, add your sweet potatoe mash on top and warm up in the oven.
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