This week's recipe is about as simple (and smelly!) as they get. With just two core ingredients plus optional extras, these are very easy to make and a good option to experiment with if your dog has a sensitive tummy. Cutting tiny treats used to be an absolute pain to the point of being prohibitive until I discovered the secret superpower of my little fondant/cookie plunger cutters. Now I can quickly and easily make A LOT of tiny biscuits, and the small circle shape holds up well even in pockets or my running wristlet. Using a nice solid biscuit dough helps, and preferable something smelly and delicious, of course! Stinky treats are always high-value around here! Being pink, I couldn't help making a few big (stink-iliciously smelly) love hearts as well.
"Stinky Pinky" Salmon Treats
1 large (210g) tin of water-packed salmon, undrained
Approximately 2/3 cup rice flour
4 tbsp ground flax (optional)
2 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
Beetroot powder/juice or red food colouring (optional to amp up the pinkness)
Preheat over to 180C. Mix all ingredients together until very well combined (a food processor works very well), incrementally adding the flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the salmon and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes (less if you're baking small circles). Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before storage and serving.
Tips and Tricks:
- Made as two-ingredient treats, these will be a very pale colour. Adding a little unseasoned beetroot juice will pump up the pink (natural/artificial food colouring works too) or you can simply bake as-is. Tuna is an easy substitute in lieu of salmon if you prefer.
- Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough.
- These treats can be frozen for longer storage.
Hungry for more tasty treats? See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.