Healthy dog treat recipes - Mini Scotch Eggs
For a dog-friendly picnic treat that you and your dog can share, try this delicious recipe.
- 150g minced pork
- 12 quail eggs
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 1 medium egg beaten
- Milled flax seed (or fine breadcrumbs) for coating
- Hard boil and peel the quail eggs
- Put the minced pork and parsley in a plastic bag and press it together over and over until it’s one big soft smooth blended ball
- Remove and divide into 12 equal pieces. One at a time press each piece flat into the palm of your hand
- Put an egg in the centre and wrap the minced meat around it. Roll into a smooth ball and make sure there are no gaps or cracks. Use more meat if you're worried about it cracking but increase the cooking time
- Dip in beaten egg
- Roll in milled flax seed or fine breadcrumbs
- Place on a greased baking tray and cook at 180 for approx. 30 mins
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool
Alternative cooking method
At step 2, add the beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to the bag with the meat and parsley. Follow steps 3 and 4 and then add the balls to a large pan of boiling water, cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until cooked. Make sure they’re fully submerged during boiling.
Cooked they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 1 week (or uncooked for up to 3 days). They can also be frozen for up to 2 months – defrost thoroughly before using.
Hearing Dogs welfare manager Emma Golding says:
“This recipe contains ingredients from our dog-safe foods list. However, I recommend to only give in small quantities (no more than 1 for a small dog or 2 for larger breeds). You can safely freeze the rest for another time. Pork in its purest form – as in this recipe – can be nutritious as part of a balanced diet with a few words of caution:
• always count any treats and snacks such as these in place of a portion of your dog’s normal daily food allowance as they’re rich and may otherwise be fattening
• never feed pork (or other foods) to your dog in the form of table scraps (such as sausages etc) which, due to hidden seasonings and other additives, may pose a serious risk to your dog’s health
• uncooked pork carries a greater risk of parasitic infection
• pork bones are a definite no-no.”