Velkommen’s liverburger doggie treats

2 Comments 22 March 2010

Lots of boaters enjoy the onboard companionship of their pets.  I’ve seen plenty of salty dogs and a few salty cats.  Most dogs handle the rigors of boating with more patience and grace than their owners.  But who is really the owner….shall we say, who is really in command, here? 

“Steady now, steady….don’t trip over my water bowl.  Remember….bow-wow in, starboard tie.  Most convenient when I want to dash out the transom door.  Fenders deployed?  Dock lines ready?  Step lively there, and don’t you dare step on my tail.  Quickly, make her fast.  First, a B-I-G stretch, then I need a little stroll on the beach.  You did pick a port with a sandy beach or nicely manicured lawn, didn’t you?  We canines have to think of everything, for everyone, and all-the-time, too. Captain, schmapton…..there is only one leader of the pack here.”

Well, my two boneheads are landlubbers.  The boat is fine, when tied to the dock, albeit small, but the noise of those two diesels while underway combined with a little rockin’ and rollin’……well, it’s tolerable, but just barely.  So to keep my hounds happy and to stretch my boating dollar…….(Have you seen how expensive top quality dog treats are?)  Let me introduce you to Velkommen’s liverburger doggie treats.

7-liverberger-dog-treats_tnThese little squares are just bound to have Bowser beggin’ for more.  And the cool part is they are easy to make, hound-healthy and wallet-friendly.  They keep for ages in the freezer and they make perfect gift packages for your Lassie-lovin’ friends with the added personal touch of being able to say, “I made ‘em myself.”

I’ll bet cats would find their way around one of these little treats, too.  Now I don’t  have a cat, myself, but I have a friend with a couple of mousers.  Maybe I should see what kinda beer he’s drinkin’ and experiment on his finicky felines.  Betcha two to one they pass up their Fancy Feast in favor of Velkommen’s liverburger treats.  Now, I’ve got nothin’ to sell here, so don’t go lookin’ for any shoppin’ carts.  I’m just sharin’ a dandy recipe, ya gotta make it yerself.  But I gaurantee it’ll make your faithful pet cuddle a little closer when the weather sets in.

You need the proper tools.  I use a stick blender, I’m using a 200 watt Cuisinart CSB-77.  It is plenty adequate but more power is better.  Next time I’ll go for the 300 watt Viking.  Then you need a good heavy-duty mixer, like a 325 watt KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PS.  Then you need a large bowl that fits your mixer and three large cookie sheets.  And it’s easiest to use a non-stick silicone baking mat like Silpat on top of the cookie sheets.  Next, the ingredients:

  • 2 pounds raw liver
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups corn meal
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp brewers yeast

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  1. - Cut the liver into medium-sized chunks and puree it with the stick blender.
  2. - Toss in small chunks of hamburger, pureeing it into the liver mixture.
  3. - Throw in the eggs and get ready to use the big mixer.  The soup gets really thick from here on and you need some decent horsepower.
  4. - Preheat the oven to 350° – it’s nice to have a double oven, or 3 oven racks because this recipe makes 3 cookie sheets worth of treats. 
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  6. - Add the flour and corn meal slowly, while mixing.  You can see it’s very thick.
  7. - Toss in the oregano and brewers yeast.
  8. - Place the non-stick silicone baking mat on the cookie sheet and spread the mixture almost edge to edge, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick with a heavy spatula.
  9. - Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
  10. - Slide the liverburger off the silicone mat onto a cutting board and slice into 1 inch squares while warm. 
  11. – Refrigerate or freeze after they cool.

Of course these treats are best made at home.   But afloat or ashore, they’ll be an instant favorite; White Fang and Buck will be drooling for more.  Looking for the main ingredients?  Double D Meats at 5602 – 232nd SW in Mountlake Terrace (425) 778-7363 can fix you up in short order.



Gerry - who has written 111 posts on MVVELKOMMEN.

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  1. Mark says:

    Step 5 mentions corn meal but I don’t see that in the list of ingredients?? Let me know? Thanks

  2. Gerry says:

    Good catch, Mark. I’ve included 1-1/2 cups corn meal in the ingredients list.

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