Beef is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to dog treat flavors, because dogs are naturally carnivores. I don’t know a single dog that doesn’t love the flavor of beef and digest it easily. (I guess maybe there’s one out there, but I certainly haven’t met him yet.) And making these treats in the shape of Italian biscotti puts a fun little twist on plain ol’ beef biscuits.
If you’ve got the time and inclination, you can make your own beef broth or beef stock for this recipe. If you do, just be sure to leave out any salt, onion, or garlic. However, most grocery stores now carry high-quality, natural beef broths that come in a can for convenience. When buying canned beef broth for use in dog treats, it’s always good to look for organic, low or no fat, and low sodium.
Gingered Beef Biscotti
Makes about 42 treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
3/4 cup beef broth (homemade or fat free, low sodium)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour with the ground ginger. Add the egg and beef broth and mix well.
3. Knead the mixture by hand until a smooth, homogenous dough forms.
4. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide.
5. Arrange the logs on a baking sheet, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the log comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
6. Remove the logs from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
7. As soon as the baked logs are cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to cut each log into 1/2-inch slices.
8. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet, and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
9. Turn each slice over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
10. Turn the oven off, crack the door, and leave the biscotti slices in the oven to dry out for about 2 hours.
These treats may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, but they’re best stored in the refrigerator.