"I'm ready for my Thanksgiving feast now, please!"
The house is a mess, dirty dishes have taken over, your pants aren’t fitting very well, and you're suddenly extremely tired. This is a sign that the Thanksgiving feast is over. Once everything gets back in order and cleaned up, you will notice the twenty pounds of leftover turkey. Thoughts of turkey spaghetti, turkey pizza, and turkey surprise will overwhelm you, but instead of trying to get rid of the leftovers by hiding them into unsuspecting dishes, why not create a special feast for your furry best friend? Don't get me wrong, I love a good day after Thanksgiving turkey-mashed-potato-stuffing-cranberry-sandwich just as much as the rest of you, but I have a turkey overload point! It gets to the point where I’ve finally had enough turkey in me for the year!
Cooked turkey is an acceptable and delicious food for dogs, as long as dangerous ingredients don’t accompany it (think mainly onions, mushrooms, grapes, nuts, and garlic). Meaty bones are often a good treat, but do not let your dog eat the turkey carcass or any poultry bones; the brittle bones and turkey skin can be extremely harmful. Instead, use some turkey meat leftovers to create a yummy dish for Fido.
Here’s a leftover turkey dog recipe I created, but feel free to use your imagination and dog-safe food to create a Thanksgiving to remember for your pooch.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 lb leftover turkey (no skin, fatty pieces or bones)
1 raw carrot, chopped or grated
1/4 cup green peas
1 cup leftover plain bread or rolls, cubed (or unseasoned stuffing bread cubes)
1/2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 Tbsp. flour
2 cups turkey or chicken broth (remember no onions)
In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook until warmed through. Add the carrot and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peas set heat to low. Stir in the bread cubes and remove from the heat.
In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then add 1 cup turkey broth and cook, whisking constantly, until the gravy thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Add the remaining 1 cup turkey broth to soften the bread and carrot stuffing mixture. Place in a bowl for your pup and let cool for about 5 minutes. Top with the gravy and let cool for another minute before serving. Watch as he gobbles it up!
**Remember every dog is different, please check with your vet to see if human food recipes are suitable for your pet.
AND have fun!!