For a special occasion or if your dog is very sick like my 15 3/4 year old is…You need to serve special foods that your dog enjoys to keep him eating. My dog LOVES Liver but liver is too rich to feed in meal amounts. I added rice and ground chicken to stretch out the taste of liver. I recommend only leave what your dog will eat in the refrigerator for up to two days and keep the rest of the balls frozen. Serving size will differ depending on size of dog. My dog weighs 60 pounds and he eats 6 balls a day (with other foods) without any issues. He loves this recipe. It’s one of his favorites.
Ingredients that makes about 48 balls
1 lb chicken livers (my package was slightly under)
4 Tablespoons either chicken fat or unsalted butter (2T for liver and 2T for rice)
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups dry white rice
1 lb ground chicken
3 XL eggs lightly beaten
a few cracks fresh ground sea salt
a few cracks fresh ground black pepper
about 8 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Set oven to 350 degrees F
Spread out the chicken livers on a baking sheet and split the two tablespoons of butter or chicken fat into about 8 pieces and place over livers.
Place in oven and cook 30 minutes. When you pull the livers out hit them with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.
While the livers are cooking you can prepare the rice.
Put 4 cups of chicken stock in a pot with 2 Tablespoons of either butter or chicken fat and bring to boil.
Add rice, then cover and reduce to simmer for twenty minutes. Take off heat and fluff rice.
By now the livers will be done. Get a potato masher and mash them like potatoes on the pan with juices and all.
Chicken livers will cool fast but wait till the rice is just warm and then combine the rice with the mashed livers. Then add beaten eggs and then mix in ground chicken.
The mixture will be soft so you need to use a meatball scoop.
Sprinkle olive oil on your sheet pans. I use a paper towel and make sure the whole surface has a light coating of oil.
Scoop out the balls.
Mine were done in 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
The dog is waiting by my feet for the Chicken, Liver and Rice Meatballs.
People can eat these balls too but they only taste like chicken liver with a better texture.