Your dog will go wild for these grain-free, protein-packed dog treats made with super foods beef liver and blueberries, bound together with an egg and some nutritious potato. (For best efficiency, cook the potato the day before.)
A word to the wise about the smell: There’s no delicate way to put this. Baking liver like this does not smell good. You may want to run a fan in the kitchen, pointed out an open window, as it bakes. Your dog will refuse to leave the kitchen because apparently the smell is intoxicating to a canine; trust us, it is not delightful to a human. What we won’t do for our pets, eh?
You may cook the potato any way you like, depending on your available appliance and preferred cooking method. The best way for this recipe will be a dry cooking, such as baking, air frying or microwaving, but suit yourself. Once cooked and cooled to room temperature, refrigerate the potato overnight if you are not using it the same day.
--To bake, pierce the potato skin several times with a sharp knife (so steam can escape), roast in a 400°F oven for 25-30 minutes; remove and cool.
--To air fry: pierce the potato skin several times with a sharp knife (so steam can escape), place the potato in the basket of an air fryer, and cook at 375°F for 30 minutes. Remove and cool.
--To microwave, for a 5 to 6 ounce potato, pierce the potato skin several times with a sharp knife (so steam can escape), microwave it on high power for 3 minutes, then remove and enclose in a tea towel and allow it to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes (this will ensure it finishes cooking evenly). Cool.
--To boil, fill a small saucepan with water, cut potato into halves or quarters (if using a Gold, or leave whole if using a Russet) and add to water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat so the water simmers, and boil potato about 5 minutes. Check doneness (it can be easily pierced with a sharp knife) and if it isn’t done, boil for another 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool.
Remember, liver treats are TREATS, and not to be considered a meal or used as a bowl of food for your pet. In small quantities, liver is good for your dog, but if you feed a large amount of it, you could put your pet at risk for vitamin A toxicity.