Ham and cheese is a classic culinary combination for very good reason. The gooey cheese and thin sliced ham create a satisfying textural contrast, and the two flavors work deliciously together. Most dogs find each of these ingredients mouthwatering on its own, so the double-whammy makes this recipe is virtually irresistible!
It’s best to use a reduced sodium, low fat deli ham, rather than a ham steak or other thickly sliced ham. Never use Virginia ham or other super salty ham. The cheese should be low in fat, but you can use whatever specific variety you like. I used Swiss cheese, but cheddar, mozzarella, or another mild cheese would also work well.
Ham and Cheese Treats
Makes about 20 large treats
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup chopped ham
1/4 cup finely chopped or grated reduced fat cheese
1/2 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place the flour, ham, and cheese in a bowl.
3. Add the water to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Knead until the mixture forms a smooth dough.
4. Roll the dough out into a sheet 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Use your desired cutter to cut the dough into pieces.
5. Bake until the treats are firm to the touch but not yet browned, about 12 minutes. If desired, flip the treats over halfway through the baking time.
These treats must be stored in the refrigerator.