Chicken Giblet Breadsticks

Chicken Giblet Bread Sticks or Motivational Aids

Just a quickie from she who panders to poodles…..

  1. Simmer chicken giblets, (the ones you weren’t expecting to find tucked inside your organic chicken) in half a pint of water while poaching your chicken in big pan for soup. Reserve the stock for a gravy and another meal.
  2. Find saucepan with giblets on stove the following day. Whoops! Strip meat from neck, puree liver, heart and neck meat in useful small kitchen gadget thing
  3. Add one egg
  4. Mix in 4 tablespoons of runny yoghurt
  5. a pinch of salt
  6. enough bread flour to make a dough suitable for rolling out, about the consistency of pizza dough.
  7. Roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness in a rectangle
  8. Cut into very thin strips with a pizza wheel
  9. Place on a baking sheet
  10. Bake at 170 C for about 20 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the trays in the oven for another 15 minutes

and there you have chicken giblet bread sticks

Preparation time : 10 minutes (not including the original giblet cooking time)
Cooking time : 20 minutes  (plus 15 minutes oven off time cooling)

Cost per dog treat: less than a penny a stick, maybe two a penny. Compare that to the rubbish they sell for completely outrageous prices in the doggy superstores.

And the dogs love them and will do almost anything for them, apart from clean the house, pick up their toys, answer the door, draft blog posts…

See also Sourdough dog biscuits – they don’t get homebaked treats that often!

And a random and unconnected extra – thanks to my sister and Claude who found it on YouTube! Well loosely connected in that it has animals and stuff being used up in it…

14 thoughts on “Chicken Giblet Breadsticks

  1. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    You know, I LOVE chicken giblets, I wish I was one of your poodles. :) Over here the giblets refer to one specific organ – I can’t remember which one – but maybe in the UK it refers to all the innards of a chook?

  2. drfugawe

    Dog treats!!! Up until the very end, I thought you were making those delicious chickeny sticks to go with our football pretzels and beer! Hell, I’m gonna try em anyway.

    No, really – those sound fantastic – we’re right now trying to find our next dog, and even without testing it, I’m betting that he/she will love these too.

  3. Debra Kolkka

    I thought those breadsticks were meant for me – strange, I thought. I wish I had a dog. I love the inflatable steet art. People are so inventive. I’m going to show it to my nephew who is a grafitti artist – something new for him to try.

  4. cityhippyfarmgirl

    I saw breadsticks, and thought cool, I’ve been making them too…but hang on giblets, aren’t they the…oh right they are…not meant for us….lucky poodles.

  5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Thanks all for commenting. I meant to write a brioche post, but the pics are all fuzzy.

    These don’t taste too bad, a faint hint of chicken liver and a lot of crunch. Dogs supposedly have noses four thousand times more sensitive than ours, don’t have a clue how they work that one out. I do know that Zeb and his sister can detect a molecule of liver at about 100 paces though so it works for them. I think my nose only works on that level for chocolate :)

    @ Celia – giblets – innards, viscera, varies what you get depending on butchery styles – what do you do with your giblets? :)
    @ Doc – wow, I hope your dog finds you soon – thinking about all that bbq chicken…
    @ Debra – bread sticks are really easy, but usually made with a little yeast or levain and either cheese, chorizo, herbs if you want a flavoured variety. The pizza wheel trick speeds the process up enormously, otherwise you are rolling by hand.
    Hi Brydie, not really for us, but easy to adapt! :)
    Gill, I think the dogs start anticipating from the moment they smell the liver, they watch the oven door very intently ;)

  6. Robin

    Like the others, I thought you were making these for your own consumption (being a ‘veggie’ I haven’t really got the necessary experience to know when it’s human food and when it’s dog food ;-) )

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I thought the clues came fairly early on, Robin !

      ‘motivational aids’ and ‘ she who panders to poodles’

      and the unlikeliness of chicken giblet breadsticks, but then we stayed in a hotel where they offered us white chocolate shavings on a spoon with caviar in the middle, so I guess nothing is impossible these days in the quest for novelty in the food department ;) The dogs also like ones with straight cheese in them too, so sometimes they get to share them when I make them. What’s interesting is that you get a little puffed-upness purely with an egg and a bit of yoghurt in the mix. So if you are the sort of veggie that eats eggs, and yoghurt, these must be the fastest breadsticks in the world (obviously using an alternative to the meat component).

  7. heidiannie

    LOL! I do love your humor, Joanna!
    I used to make beef gravy dog treats for my nieces dog! He loved them (and me) with a passion! My mother would not believe me and always wanted to eat them. So finally, I gave up- there was nothing bad for her in them- and gave her a couple.
    The crazy woman LOVED them! So, I made a double batch for them to share after that!
    They are both gone, now (nothing to do with the biscuits- they both lived a long and happy life!) – and I haven’t found another dog I love enough to make the treats for, yet.
    Thanks for the video- that is wonderful- my favorite kind of art!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Nothing like a little savoury snacklet to share with a beloved dog… your mother obviously knew that you were a great baker and figured she was missing out on a treat too – that’s a great story Heidi!

  8. azélias kitchen

    what an interesting post Joanna…never know what to expect when I come here.

    I was half reading while watching tv and couldn’t quite get my head around and had to read it again. I absolutely love the fact they look like sticks of wood in that photo…reminds of one of Heston’s weird things of looking the opposite of what it is…in fact the more I think about it it’s the sort of thing I expect to see in one of his shows.

  9. spiceandmore

    Lucky dog! I am yet to try my hand at baking for the four legged creature in our house. Don’t want to start something that I can’t continue to live up to~!

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