I love to feed Kirby on a rotation diet to ensure he's getting a variety of healthy foods. Some of his meals are time consuming while others are super quick. This is one of the easy ones. In fact it's so easy the kids can help make it and even enjoy a few for their dinner considering the ingredients are all human grade foods.
This classic savory pie is traditionally prepared from leftovers. Meat and vegetables are moistened with gravy, transferred to a pie plate, and then topped with mashed potatoes. The pie is so named because it was often made with lamb or mutton. Since it’s made from leftovers, feel free to use any ground meat, veggies, and seasonings which are deemed to be dog friendly.
137 Calories, 43 Calories from fat
Total fat: 4.8g or 7% (2.2g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup carrots, chopped or pureed
- 1/2 cup sweet peas, chopped or pureed
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1 garlic clove, minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell
- 1 egg
- 1 - 1/3 cups cooked mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup cheese, shredded or crumbled
- In large bowl, combine the ground beef, carrots, sweet peas, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and egg until thoroughly mixed. I like to puree Kirby's veggies because even though they are chock full of vitamins and minerals they are harder for a dog to digest.
- Divide mixture evenly into 12 ungreased muffin cups. I like using the parchment paper muffin cups in case anything does stick and cleanup is a breeze. Use your fingers to pat down the bottom and sides of each cup to form a bowl.
- Prepare the mashed potatoes. It's ok to use instant potatoes as long as they are 100% potato. The small amount of milk and butter won't hurt either unless your dog is lactose intolerant. In that case just omit them. Next add in your choice of cheese. I've used sharp cheddar cheese and feta cheese with good results. Pipe or spoon the potato mixture into the meat bowls.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.
- Remove cups from pan and let cool.
Once they have completely cooled they can be stored in airtight ziplock bags for several months. To serve, let thaw and warm in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
Kirby liked the aroma and, maybe because I usually bake his meals in muffin tins, he decided to supervise my every move in case it was a meal for him.
Does he give Sheperd's Pie four paws and a wag? The proof's in the empty plate.