Christmas Dog's Dinner

Make your dog’s dreams come true this Christmas by showing them they’re part of the family with these canine-friendly festive recipes.

08 Dec 2021

Make your dog’s dreams come true this Christmas by showing them they’re part of the family with these canine-friendly festive recipes, all tried and approved by our adorable little pack of doggy dinner testers - because nothing beats a proper homemade Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, festive love, and belly rubs!

Christmas dinner is something that we dedicate a tremendous time and effort to, it’s one of the most anticipated meals we look forward to and only comes round once a year! There’s nothing better than cooking with family and friends, setting the table for your loved ones, and enjoying a merry meal together – and that means making sure everyone is included!

Our beloved four-legged (or sometimes less) friends shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun and all the delicious food, especially when we know those wet noses will be picking up every scent and the chomps will be drooling for a taste!

So, we got together with MasterChef contestant and proud doggy owner, Max Davies, to create a bespoke gourmet Christmas dinner recipe to make just for your dogs.

If you want to do something extra special for your furry friends this Christmas (or just look at some really cute dogs) then look no further...

 

Christmas Prep

 

We know getting ready for Christmas can be a big job, with the decorations, the shopping, the wrapping and your family coming to visit, but we’ve got this one covered!

MasterChef contestant and fine dining chef, Max Davies, put his creative skills to the challenge of creating a wonderfully festive meal just for the dogs in the family. He says, “Combining my love of food with my love of dogs was a really exciting way to end the year. All the dishes have been prepared to be suitable for a healthy dog diet which was a bit of a challenge as it’s different to the guests I usually cook for, but it was so much fun putting it all together for them. The dogs might not have appreciated the presentation of the dishes, but by the look of the clean plates they certainly enjoyed the taste!”

All ingredients and dishes have been fully approved by Asda Money’s Pet Insurance specialist vet, Joii, so the dishes are fully safe for them to dig into (do make sure any peanut butter is xylitol free and avoid sharing any of the turkey bones and skin to keep everything dog friendly).

We’ve also put these recipes to the test with Pepper the spaniel, Nala and Stanley who are both miniature goldendoodles, Buckles the cockapoo, and Carrie the Labrador retriever. Let’s just say the following recipes went down a treat with every plate licked clean!


First Course - Christmas Dog’s Dinner

Serves 5 dogs (hope they invited their friends, or you can adjust the recipe as needed)

To replicate this dish for your dog/s, you will need the following ingredients:

 

To begin on this doggy Christmas cooking adventure, the day before you plan to cook leave your turkey crown to defrost.

On the day of your grand feast, start by cooking the turkey - this should take around 70 minutes for a 1.5kg turkey crown at 180oC in the oven, and an extra 20 minutes for every extra 1kg. Place the defrosted turkey crown in a roasting tray, add about an inch of water to the bottom of the tray, and cover it with foil and place in the oven to start cooking. After around 40 minutes remove the foil and put the turkey crown back in the oven for the remainder of the time for the skin to become deliciously golden, before removing when ready for serving.

Whilst the turkey is cooking, put some water in a pan to boil on the hob. Peel and dice the swede and the 4 large carrots and begin to boil them together in the water until they are soft. While they are cooking, place a pan on top and steam the long stem broccoli, cooking until slightly softened, then remove from the heat. When the carrots and swede are ready, drain the water and mash them together.

Next, peel the 5 green top carrots (keep the greens to one side and leave about an inch on the top of the carrots) and add them to a pan with the pressed carrot juice and a cup of water (the carrot juice is optional here if it’s not your thing), and bring to the boil to cook.

Add the spinach to a frying pan with a splash of water - this will help it wilt quickly within 1-2 minutes.

For the gravy, use the cooked juices from the turkey pan by adding this to a jug with the corn flour and 100ml water - mix this together until you reach your perfect gravy thickness.

Finally, it’s time to serve… Lay turkey slices in the middle of a plate with a large spoonful of carrot and swede mash at the side (this is your quenelle for the fine-dining pups out there), lay the spinach next and then arrange the broccoli and carrots on top to create extra height, and pour the gravy. If you’ve kept your green carrot tops, chop or rip them roughly and sprinkle across the top.

Bon Appétit! That’s the paw-fect Christmas Dog’s Dinner, now there’s the challenge of seeing if they’ll sit at the table...

 

Second Course – Doggy Bone Dessert

Serves 5 dogs - enough for Boxing Day seconds!

To make this special sweet treat, you will need the following ingredients:

 

To begin, turn the oven on to around 165oC and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Grate your carrots into a bowl, and mix in 225g of the peanut butter, the milk, egg, and oats with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the flour and then baking powder until combined, lastly bringing it all together with your hands – this can be messy so it can help to turn out the dough onto a floured work top.

Next, use a rolling pin until the dough is around half a cm thick. If you have cookie cutters, use these to cut the dough into shapes - dog bone or Christmas shapes can be fun, or if you don’t have cutters turn a cup upside down for round cookie shapes. Place them on the baking tray and bake for around 20 minutes until golden.

Remove them from the oven and leave to cool while you thinly slice your blueberries. Next, mix the remaining 75g of peanut butter with the soy cream, one tablespoon at a time, until you create a thick peanut butter cream (did we just hear a yummy bark?!).

Once the biscuits are cool, place one on one half of a plate and create a layer of blueberries across the top. Then crush another biscuit, placing the crumbs on the other half of the plate, and add a spoonful of your peanut butter cream onto the crumb, finally placing a small handful of pea shoots on top for the “pièce de resistance”!

There you have it - a woofing special treat! Just add a Christmas hat, your canine’s fave cheesy cracker joke, and enjoy!

 

Furry Families

 

Christmas is best enjoyed when it’s shared with our nearest and dearest, and we know that often includes the ones who are by your side every day; so, what better way to show your furry companions how much they mean to you than by sharing the festive spirit?

Neil Foster, Senior Commercial & Product Manager at Asda Money, commented, “These recipes are so fun to make and it’s great to be able to share some Christmas cheer by helping show our furry friends how much we care, especially as we know they’ve been so important to people in recent times. Pets really are part of the family, and that’s why it’s vital that owners have access to affordable insurance to keep them well looked after with the right cover, so they can be with us for many more Christmases!”

At Asda Money, we strive to ensure all of our customers furry friends live the happiest and healthiest lifestyles and are always covered and protected with our pet insurance offerings.