Memorial Day ‘Pigs In A Blanket’ Recipe For Dogs

This tasty spin on a party favorite is sure to leave the four-legged guests satisfied at your Memorial Day barbecue.

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Don't leave your furry friend out this Memorial Day! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
Don't leave your furry friend out this Memorial Day! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
Jen R. Duncan

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and honoring our lost soldiers. Its occurrence in late spring has also come to symbolize the start of warmer weather and vacation season. So what better way to observe such an important holiday than by doing something outdoors surrounded by friends and relatives? But we wouldn’t want to leave the furry members of our family out of this celebration. Include your dog in the festivities by serving up a special treat just for him.

Pigs in a blanket are an easy-to-make, dog-approved treat that makes use of one of the most iconic barbecue food: hot dogs. And they look so tasty, your non-furry guests might mistake them for human food.

Ingredients:
1¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2/3 cup water
4-5 lean hot dogs (without any kind of seasonings like garlic, onion powder or paprika)

Note: The dough used in this recipe is very similar to the dough in the recipe for Football-Shaped Treats for Cats and Dogs, but it is not quite as thick so it can more easily wrap around the little hot dog pieces.

Instructions:
1. Gather your ingredients and preset the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Assemble your ingredients, feel free to be festive!

Assemble your ingredients. Feel free to be festive! Photo courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

2. Cut hot dogs into fourths and set aside.

You can cut them bigger or smaller depending on how big of a treat you would like to make.

You can cut them bigger or smaller depending on how big of a treat you would like to make. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

3. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, egg and water together to form a consistent dough.

Mix ingredients with a spatula or spoon until uniform.

Mix ingredients with a spatula or spoon until uniform. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

4. Scoop a small amount of dough (about 1 tablespoon) out of bowl and wrap it around a piece of hot dog. Dough will be sticky and should easily wrap around the hot dog. (To prevent dough from sticking to your hands, sprinkle some flour on them.) Repeat with the remaining hot dog pieces.

All wrapped in their "blankets" and ready to go into the oven!

All wrapped in their “blankets” and ready to go into the oven. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

5. Place dough-wrapped hot dogs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, or until dough is baked completely.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before feeding to your pet.

Now you are all ready to set the doggie table--you know, the one right next to the kids table?

Now you are all ready to set the doggy table — you know, the one right next to the kids table? Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

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