Your pup won't paws for thought when he catches a whiff of this marvelous muttloaf cooking. Irresistibly delicious, this beefy entree is guaranteed to get his tail wagging. Made with human ingredients, it's a yummy meal you and your best friend can wolf down together -- perfect for fussy eaters.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the carrots and sweet peas until tender. Set the vegetables aside to cool. Place 3 eggs in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, place a lid on the pot and leave on the burner -- the eggs will be perfectly hard-boiled in 15 minutes.
Beat 2 eggs in the small bowl. Mix the ground beef with the breadcrumbs, tomato puree, parsley, rosemary and oregano. Add the beaten eggs and blend well. Stir in the vegetables and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Roll the mixture into a ball and divide in half. Grease the loaf pan with olive oil non-stick cooking spray. Place half the mixture into the base of the loaf pan, pressing the mixture firmly into the corners. Make a small indent in the mixture length-wise along the center. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan cheese.
Peel the hard-boiled eggs, leave whole and place them in a row in the indent in the meat mixture. Place the remaining meat mixture on top. Press firmly around the sides and on top to completely cover the eggs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Test doneness by inserting a clean butter knife into the middle of the loaf; if it comes out dry, the muttloaf is done.
Turn the loaf out on a plate, and let cool completely. Cut into slices, sprinkle with chopped, fresh parsley and serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Although this wholesome and nutritious muttloaf is fine for an occasional meal, it is not intended to replace your dog's normal diet.
Most dogs love meat and cheese, and most will gobble up hard-boiled eggs, but if this irresistible muttloaf fails to appeal to your fussy best friend, try omitting the oregano, rosemary or parsley.
Items You Will Need
- 1 small pot or vegetable steamer
- 1 small pot with lid
- Large mixing bowl
- Small bowl
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- 2-lb. loaf pan
- Aluminum foil
- Large plate
- Olive oil non-stick cooking spray
- 1/2 cup cooked carrots
- 1/2 cup cooked frozen sweet peas
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 3 oz. bread crumbs, commercial or homemade
- 2 tbsps. tomato puree, canned or homemade
- 2 tbsps. dried parsley
- 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- 2 beaten eggs
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup low-fat, shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp. fresh parsley for garnish
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