Pizza Bites

About 36% of all of the pizza consumed in the United States each year is topped with pepperoni. In fact, we Americans annually consume about 252 million pounds of pepperoni on our pizzas. Those are some staggering statistics! So I thought to myself, why not make a pepperoni dog treat? Dogs can’t have all of the grease, tomato sauce, and copious amounts of gooey cheese that make our human-food pizzas so delicious, but these tasty little treats do have a touch of Parmesan cheese and lots of turkey pepperoni bits.

Turkey pepperoni, which is a dried sausage made from turkey, contains less calories, fat, and sodium than regular pepperoni, which is made with pork. As with any special treat, you don’t want to give your dog too much turkey pepperoni, but in moderation it is perfectly fine. Be sure to buy mild pepperoni for this recipe. Do NOT ever give your dog any pepperoni labeled “spicy”.

 

Pizza Bites

Pizza Bites

Makes about 75 treats

 

2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 oz finely grated parmesan cheese

10 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped

1 cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cheese, and chopped pepperoni.

3. Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients and knead until the mixture forms a smooth dough.

4. Let the dough rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes.

5. Take a piece of dough (about a teaspoonful), roll it into a ball, and place it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remainder of the dough. The dough balls can be placed close together on the baking sheet but should not be touching.

6. Bake until firm to the touch and baked all the way through, about 12 minutes.

 

These treats must be stored in the refrigerator.

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