Let's face it, dogs love liver and dogs love bacon so these combine the best of both worlds for the ultimate doggie meatball. Serve them alone, with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, over rice or pasta, or over mashed veggies like sweet potatoes or green beans.
If you want to use beef liver a trick to release any toxins that were stored in the liver and remove some of the pungent smell is to place the thawed and drained liver in a container with about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and refrigerate overnight. I also do this for the calf liver.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
66 Calories ,
20 Calories from fat
Total fat: 2.2g or 3% (0.8g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 1 cup calf liver
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 (2.5 oz) bag real bacon
- 1/2 cup bone broth
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground eggshell
- Break up the liver in a food processor but don’t completely puree it.
- Place in a large bowl and thoroughly mix together with the remaining ingredients. If you want to bulk them up even more you can add about a cup of whole oats or cooked brown rice.
- Shape into 1 inch meatballs. I usually use a cookie scoop to get a uniform size but using your hands is just as easy.. They are a bit on the loose side but they do firm up as they bake.
- Bake in a baking sheet with sides to catch the juices at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. I like to line the sheet with a silpat or parchment paper for easy clean-up.
- Remove to a rack to cool placing paper towels underneath to catch the drippings.
- Once they have cooled use a dull knife or spoon to scrape off any remaining fat drippings.
These dumplings will keep in an air tight container up to a week and in the freezer for several months. I make batches of Kirby's meals so I'll freeze these in ziplock bags. A meal would be 3 meatballs with a side.
Replacing the ground beef with ground chuck will reduce the calories to 12 with 6 from fat.
Kirby knows the smell of liver baking and always knows it's for him so he stays in the kitchen until the taste test. I suppose he's dreaming of that anticipated bite.
Originally shared on Entirely Pets Blog 6/11/14