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Beef Jerky Meatballs
1 LB. extra lean ground beef
1/4 C finely ground saltine crackers
1/2 C cooked brown rice
12 large slices beef jerky (non-peppered)
1 multi-purpose canine vitamin, ground fine
Cook the brown rice according to package directions. Cool and place in a large mixing bowl. Then add the lean ground beef, saltine cracker crumbs, crushed vitamin and eggs. Mix well. If mixture seems dry, add a bit of milk until there is a firm, but not wet, consistency. On a cutting board, slice the strips of beef jerky in half, and then in half again. Mix into the ground beef mixture, stirring well. Shape into walnut-sized balls, and place in a food steamer. If you don't have a steamer, bake the meatballs at 350-degrees F. Cook the meatballs until they are no longer pink, and the meat is tender. Drain excess fat. Cool before serving.
Note: The meatballs will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, and can also be used minced and mixed into regular dog food at meal times.
Recommended: Add multi-purpose canine vitamins in the preparation of this dish to provide optimum nutrition for your dog (s). Use a mortar and pestle to crush the vitamins into a fine powder, and then mix well with the other ingredients.
Back Story: My pooch Foofer used to love beef jerky (especially teriyaki-flavored), so I invented this little treat for him. He used to sniff-out beef jerky even when I was in another part of the house, being quiet as a mouse. I tried to sneak beef jerky on occasion, but before I knew it there was Foofer coming up on me, very stealthy as his eyes lit on the "prize."
*Disclaimer: The recipe on this page can be prepared as an occasional treat for dogs, but is not meant to replace their daily diets or to address their essential nutritional needs. Use and preparation of the recipe on this page is done so at the behest of the pet owner.
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