Mardi Gras season is upon us with Fat Tuesday coming up this week. Even though we’re not that far from New Orleans, we’ve never been to Mardi Gras…although we did go to Trinidad’s Carnival one year on assignment and spent pretty much three whole days taking photos non-stop!
I wanted to create a special Mardi Gras recipe for dogs and looked at the King Cake recipes…but didn’t have any natural food coloring on hand for the purple, green, and gold icing that really makes a King Cake recognizable as a King Cake. I decided to go with the ingredients of another Southern favorite–pralines–combined with another Southern ingredient–sweet potatoes, always a favorite with our dogs.
These were very easy to fix. You can use pecan halves, like these I used…
…or just chopped pecans. I used the halves to decorate a few of the dog biscuits for photos…
OK, I’ll confess…I had enough pecan halves to decorate ALL of the dog biscuits…but I started snacking…
Here’s my recipe for these easy to make dog biscuits that Tiki and Irie both loved! Happy Mardi Gras!
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 cups cooked sweet potato (fresh or canned)
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- In a blender or food processor, mix the pecans, sweet potato, egg, cinnamon, baking powder and water.
- Once mixed, add the sweet potato and pecan mixture to the flour and knead the dough. The dough be slightly sticky but not dry. If it's dry, you'll need a little more water. If it’s sticky, you need a little more flour.
- Roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick then cut with your favorite cookie cutter shapes and place on the cookie sheet. If you like, you can put a pecan half on some of the biscuits for decoration.
- Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool completely before serving the biscuits to your dog. Refrigerate the biscuits for up to two weeks.
Fresh sweet potato (cooked) is best. Canned sweet potato includes corn syrup and sugar. If you are using fresh sweet potato, you might want to add a 1/4 cup of molasses for sweetening.