Turkey Gizzards Dog Treat Recipe

by Amanda Maddox
Before cooking a turkey, remove the gizzard and cook it for a doggie treat.

Before cooking a turkey, remove the gizzard and cook it for a doggie treat.

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Gizzards are the internal organs of fowl, such as turkey and chicken. Unlike the liver, the gizzard is harder and cooks up for a nice firm treat for dogs. While there are several ways to prepare a gizzard treat, boiling them makes the treat healthy by avoiding added oils and fat used for frying or baking.

Step 1

Wash the turkey gizzards with cool water.

Step 2

Place the gizzards in a medium pot and add water. Fill the pot with water until the gizzards are covered by about 3 inches. Add sage or ginger to the water for flavor, if desired.

Step 3

Boil the water on medium-high heat. When it reaches boiling, turn down the heat to low and allow the gizzards to simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until they are tender.

Step 4

Set the pot off of the heat and allow the gizzards to cool. Pour the gizzards in a colander and drain the water. Chop or grind them into small pieces.

Step 5

Mix the gizzards with 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1 large egg and 1 cup of oat flour in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of brown rice flour to the mixture.

Step 6

Pour the mixture on a large piece of parchment or wax paper and fold the paper over. Press it firmly and flatten the mixture out to approximately 1 inch.

Step 7

Cut cookie-sized treats from the dough. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Items You Will Need

  • Medium pot
  • Water
  • Garlic powder (or other spices)
  • Colander
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Large egg
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie cutter

Tips

  • For added flavor, add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey to the mixture before cooking. You can also add vegetables, like carrots or broccoli, before baking the treats. Store leftover treats in a sealed baggie.
  • For smaller dogs, use a small cookie cutter or break the treats in half.

Photo Credits

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