This post is pawwered by the folks at Freshpet who are spreading the good word about the difference eating fresh, less processed meals can make in your pup’s life! Freshpet makes all-natural meals and treats found in the pet aisle fridge.
Come February 1st, dog lovers all over the country will be tuning in to the most exciting televised event of the season: THE PUPPY BOWL!
And what better way to celebrate roly-poly puppies tumbling around on a mini football field than hosting a Puppy Bowl tailgate party for your pup and his best buds? We’ve got the pawfect recipes to get your little quarterback and his pals ready for game day. The best part? They are as healthy as they are delicious.
1. Lettuce Wraps
Prepare to make humans very jealous and pups very happy, because this dish was a hit at BarkPost HQ! (No, seriously, the dogs barely let us take any pictures before they snapped these up like little turtles.) These lettuce wraps are as delightful as they look, according to Andi, our in-house Wiener Dog/Sandwich-Swiping Food Bandit. Here’s what you’ll need to make these at home:
Freshpet® Select Roasted Meals or new Fresh From the Kitchen™
Any Freshpet® Select Slice and Serve Roll (we used the Chicken Recipe, made with fresh chicken and veggies)
Freshpet Dog Joy® Chicken Treats
Fresh lettuce leaves
Lay out your lettuce leaves on a plate, then top with the rest of the ingredients. Wrap them up before you feed to your pup to cut down on mess, or don’t. Yes, it’s that easy. And yes, they will be gone before you can even tell your guests how you made them.
2. Puprese Skewers
This dog-friendly version of a classic includes fresh, healthy ingredients that will make those tails wag. Just make sure to remove ALL skewers before letting the pups have a bite!Here’s what you’ll need:
Freshpet® Select Slice and Serve Roll
Skewers or toothpicks
Slide each ingredient onto a skewer and arrange on a plate. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. REMOVE ALL SKEWERS BEFORE FEEDING TO YOUR PUP.
3. A Fresh Take on Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket — a perennial classic in party fare. We thought up a pawfectly healthy way to include these in your tailgate spread. Here’s what you’ll need:
Slice your Freshpet roll into strips. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on a lettuce leaf, then roll around a strip of Freshpet and a Dog Joy® Chicken Treat. Hold in place with a toothpick, but MAKE SURE TO REMOVE ALL TOOTHPICKS BEFORE SERVING TO PUPS.
4. Chunky Meatballs
For those of us with picky eaters, these chunky meatballs are a great (grain-free!) way to get some extra veggies into our pup’s diet. Here’s what you’ll need:
Freshpet Vital® Slice and Serve Rolls (We used the Grain Free Chicken, Beef, Salmon & Egg Recipe)
Cut a slice of your Slice and Serve Roll into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a meatball, adding in carrots and peas. Arrange onto a plate with cucumber slices. You don’t need toothpicks to hold these together, but if you do use them, remove all toothpicks before feeding to pups.
5. Sweet Potato Boats
These delicious sweet potato boats look good enough for humans to eat, but they’re actually for your four-legged best friend. Here’s what you’ll need:
Spread a thin layer of yogurt on each sweet potato chew, then top with the rest of the ingredients. Feel free to get creative!
We hope you and your furry pals enjoy your Puppy Bowl tailgate pawty. Got any delicious dog-friendly recipes of your own to share? Leave them in the comments below! Happy snackin’!