This Homemade Sausage Cheese Ball Dog Food and Treats recipe is sponsored by Idaho Potato Commission. All opinions are my own.
We love our pups, our fur babies, our best friends! So with all that love, it makes sense to feed them with healthy food, so they can live longer and be stronger.
Homemade dog food recipes? Yes! Try this easy DIY “sausage cheese ball treats”, a tasty dog food recipe that is a great way to start making yummies for your pet.
No, this is not the typical recipe I usually post, but it is a recipe, and here I am sharing another tasty recipe for the pups.
We adopted our family pup about 2 years ago now, and wow, it was one of the most wonderful things we’ve done as a family. Pets, in general, I believe are therapy for the family, especially dogs! I can’t imagine not having our Bijou now… she is family!
Our little miss is a beautiful mess of a mutt. All we know about her breeding is that her mom was a mix between Corgi and Australian Shepherd, of which the latter explains her occasional need to “herd” the kitchen table.
Bijou is her name, which means jewel or gem in French. Thankfully, she is living up to her name and even more than imagined!
Bijou’s Favorite Things:
- Chew toys that quickly become “oops, that’s got to be tossed in the trash now”
- Running to her “safe place” to hide, mostly when we let her know it’s time for a bath
- Being lazy. Lazy on the couch. Lazy by the vents to stay warm or cool. And definitely lazy in any given sunny spot.
Why Make Your Own Pet Food & dog treats?
Why not? The supply and demand chain has been crazy and disrupted over the last 2 years creating bizarre outages for some of your favorite dog food brands. Not only is it nice to know that when in a pinch, you can still give your pup a great bowl of healthy kibble, but you’ll also know what’s going into their food. Your pup will be happy, healthy, and yes, have a full tummy!
One of the ingredients that are easily found and ideal for making your own homemade dog treats happens to be a personal favorite of mine, Idaho Potatoes!
Not only are they perfect for your dinner table, but your fur child can also enjoy their own in this recipe inspired by a family holiday favorite, sausage cheese balls.
When making your own dog food or treats, it’s important to note that your “best friend” should not have any added spices or seasonings, so skip the salt and pepper and stick to the basic flavors.
To find out more about Idaho Potatoes and discover loads of great recipes for both your family and your pet, visit them at www.idahopotato.com!
Other Idaho Potato Recipes (for Humans) to Try:
- Vegetable Potato Nuggets Kid-Friendly Snack Recipe
- How to Make Baked Cod and Leek and Potato Soup Recipe
- Kid-Friendly: Easy to Make Loaded Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How to Make Homemade Sausage Cheese Balls Dog Treats Recipe:
- 2 large Idaho Potatoes, cleaned, peeled, finely diced
- 1 pound ground pork, mild (not seasoned)
- 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely diced or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray the pan with a nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl add the diced potatoes, ground sausage, cheese, flour, and sage if using, mixing well with your hands to incorporate evenly.
- Using a spoon or 1/2 inch scoop, shape the mixture into 1/2 inch balls. Place on a prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.
- *At this point, you can freeze the sausage balls by laying them on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer for about 1 hour until they start to firm up, and then you can transfer them to a freezer-proof container and keep them frozen for up to 3 - 4 months. When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and bake at 350F for about 25 - 30 minutes or until golden.*
- Bake sausage balls in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until sausage cheese balls are golden. Allow to cool before giving them to your pet. Can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week
If you are unable to find spelt flour, you can substitute it with equal amounts of all-purpose flour.
These are considered to only be treats, not your pup's meal. Depending on your dog's size, I would suggest no more than 1 - 3 a day.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.