What is the turdoggen, you ask? It’s a show-stoppingly beautiful homemade dish for dogs that looks amazing, tastes great, and is chock full of healthy veggies your dog loves. Serve by the slice as a hearty holiday addition to your dog’s meal. Think of it as a veggie turducken dog treat.
Why veggie? Because dogs benefit from plenty of whole fruits and vegetables in their diet, just as humans do. Wholesome homemade recipes like this are an excellent addition to your dog’s regular kibble or canned food for variety, nutrients, and of course, for the joy of sharing real food with your pet.
To make our veggie turducken for dogs, we take a butternut squash, put a zucchini inside it, and put a carrot inside that. We then layer it all together with a nutrient-rich dog-friendly stuffing made of veggies, oatmeal, and egg, which acts as the glue that holds the whole shebang together.
Turdoggen - Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash for Dogs
Yield 1 sliceable loaf
- Butternut squash
- 1 Celery Rib
- 1/2 cup Oatmeal
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Parsley
- 1 tsp Sage
Optional: Butcher's twine to truss
Preheat oven to 350º
- Split butternut squash in two and hollow out a channel in the center big enough to house your appropriately-sized zucchini. Use an ice cream scoop, melon baller, or spoon.
- If your squash is not cooperating, pop it in the microwave or oven for a few minutes to soften up.
- Reserve the extra squash flesh for the stuffing.
- Next, trim the zucchini ends to fit inside the squash, halve the zucchini, and remove enough of the flesh to make room for the carrot, reserving the extra zucchini for the stuffing.
- Lastly, we'll trim and carve the carrot to fit inside the zucchini, saving all the extra for the stuffing.
Don't worry if everything doesn't fit together perfectly, as we'll be filling the extra space with our stuffing.
- To prepare the stuffing, roughly dice a celery rib and add it and the leftover veggie bits and bobs to the bowl of your food processor.
- Add 1/2 cup oatmeal, the spices, and 2 eggs, and blitz until a smooth paste.
- Place your squash halves on a baking tray and fill with stuffing, leaving enough space to layer in the zucchini.
- Add a little more stuffing and the carrot, adjusting stuffing as necessary for a smooth fit.
- Put the two halves together, and truss with butcher twine if you like to keep the whole thing together until cooked.
Baking time will vary according to the thickness of the squash.
- Bake for 60-90 minutes, or until a thermometer stuck in the middle reads 165 to ensure the egg is cooked through.
- Allow to cool before serving.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy! Add a dollop of plain yogurt on top to be fancy.
You can remove the skin before serving if your dog doesn't care for it.
Courses Holiday Meal Mix-in
Cuisine Fancy Pants
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