Popping a casserole in the oven is a tried-and-true time saver for families. The ease of preparation makes cooking a breeze, and the big portion guarantees plenty of leftovers. With a few simple ingredients, you can make special baked dog treats for your four-legged family members.
After plating this for my pups, they came sprinting into the kitchen. My Doberman, Lyla, dove right in and ate everything at once, while Rocky, my Rat Terrier, ate his one layer at a time. He started at the top and worked his way down to the meat and breadcrumb layer. I also found the optimal cooking time to be 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The cheese was nice and melted and the top was all toasty.
- 5 ⅝ oz ground beef, crumbled and browned in a pan (should be 85% lean and 15% fat)
- 2 ⅞ cups white bread or bread crumbs
- ¼ cup canned tomato sauce
- ⅛ of a tsp regular mayonnaise
- ¼ of a cucumber, with peel
- ⅛ of a slice of American cheese
Layer a casserole dish in the following order: first bread (hamburger bun is a fun option) or bread crumbs, ground beef, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, American cheese (torn into small pieces), and lastly slices of cucumber.
Bake the casserole (it should not be thicker than two to three inches) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the ground beef is fully cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
Nutritional Content: 807 calories; 30% protein calories (242 calories); 33% fat calories (266 calories); 37% carbohydrate calories (299 calories); 58.8% moisture.
We created this delicious dog-friendly casserole recipe with the help of certified pet nutritionist, Dr. Sean Delaney. While deemed safe for pups, it’s important to speak with your veterinarian before feeding new food to your dogs.
Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, energetic Doberman, and rat terrier.