Liver Dumplings

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.

Liver Dumplings

Liver Dumplings

Dogs love liver and dogs love bacon so these combine the best of both worlds for the ultimate doggie meatball.

Yields: 36 meatballs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition facts:
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


  1. Break up the liver in a food processor but don’t completely puree it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove to a rack to cool placing paper towels underneath to catch the drippings.
  6. 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.

Liver Dumplings
Liver Dumplings
Liver Dumplings

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.

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Originally shared on Entirely Pets Blog 6/11/14