Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a great start for the Dogwarts clan. I hope you and yours had a safe and fun holiday season. Now it’s time to do some soul-searching and reflect on what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. There are a thousand worthy pursuits, but nobody can do it all. It’s important to prioritize, re-center, and evaluate self-care strategies. I’ll write about my resolutions and projected areas of focus for 2018 in the next blog post.
Today, I want to share something “just for fun” with you all. These doggie minced beef pies are an adaptation of the Doggie Apple Pie recipe from Gone to the Snow Dogs. I used the crust recipe from the apple pie video and created my own filling, which I think makes the pie more palatable for the picky dogs – ya know, the truly carnivorous ones.
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
0.5 cup melted coconut oil
2.75 cups whole wheat pastry flour
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. The dough should not be too sticky. You should be able to form a ball and roll out the ball in between two sheets of parchment paper. If you need, you can add extra flour or extra coconut milk to achieve the right texture.
1 pound of ground beef (or other ground meat)
0.5 cup shredded carrots
0.5 cup frozen peas
1 cup chopped kale
1.5 cups of cooked brown rice
Brown the ground beef for about 8 minutes over medium heat. Spoon out the grease. Add the carrots, peas, kale, and brown rice. Combine over medium heat until the kale is wilted. Set aside until you’re ready to assemble the pies. Note: it’s very likely you’ll end up with extra filling. Whatever doesn’t fit into the pies, you can save in the fridge. I use it as a kibble topper to make meals extra special, and the dogs lose their minds!
Assemble the Pie(s)
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Roll out the crust dough between two sheets of parchment paper to 0.25″ thick. I have a mini pie pan so I aim for circles with a diameter ~7″. It doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s the best thing about cooking for dogs. They’ll eat it no matter how it looks!
- Set the dough gently in the pie pan. It will be easier to seal the pie if you leave a little excess dough around the edge, but trim off anything beyond 1 cm.
- Spoon the filling into the crust. Pack it down with the spoon to maximize density.
- Decorate the tops of the pies in whatever fashion you’d like! If you want to cover your pies like I did, roll out more crust dough. Place it gently over the filled pie. Use the tines of a fork to seal the circumference. Any leftover dough can be used to add fun shapes to the tops of the pies. And don’t forget the signature pie slits.**Disclaimer** I did not have enough dough to make the last two dog bones, so I just made little “buttons” for the last two pies. Since they’re right next to each other in the pie pan, they look like boobs. That was not my intention, but it is undeniably breast-like so… I thought I’d say it since you’re all thinking it. Moving on!
- Bake the pies for ~35 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
- Cool before serving.
I hope you give these a try! Please let me know what your dogs think!