Monday, September 27, 2010

Recipe for Tuna Brownies (aka Tuna Fudge)

In a recent discussion on high value treats, I mentioned one of the boys' favorites: TUNA BROWNIES. Super high value, reasonably healthy and pretty easy (though a bit stinky) to make. Since the topic was at hand, I thought I'd share my recipe for tuna brownies (aka Tuna Fudge).

You will need the following ingredients:
2 cans (or pouches) of tuna** - packed in water.
2 whole eggs
2 cups flour
1.5 cups water
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Kraft green topped shaker is fine)
1/8 cup minced garlic (garlic powder is OK - but use less).
1tsp salt - kosher is preferable

     ~ Empty cans (or pouches) into a blender or food processor. Add eggs and water (if using pouched tuna you will probably need more water). Liquefy until mixture is a paste/puree consistency.
     ~ Combine flour, cheese and garlic powder in a bowl, pour in tuna puree and mix well. You are aiming for a brownie batter consistency - add more water or flour if necessary.
     ~ Pour into an oiled (I prefer coconut oil) 9x12 baking dish, spread dough evenly. I like the larger pans as the resulting brownie is easier to cut into small pieces from a single layer - though you can use a smaller pan.
     ~ Bake in a 325 degree oven for 45-60 minutes - until a toothpick comes out clean.
     ~ Cool 15 minutes in the pan, then over-turn pan onto parchment paper or a bakers' rack. Cut brownies (that look a bit more like "blondies") with a pizza wheel while brownies are still warm. I aim for bullion sized cubes, though the cooled product can be further broken down into pea sized pieces during training.

Tuna brownies are shelf-stable unrefrigerated for a few hours - but really should be refrigerated/frozen if not used within 24 hours - mine never last long enough to go bad :-) Alternate "brownie" recipes include swapping the tuna for an equal quantity of homemade Macaroni and Cheese (aka Mac and Cheese brownies), canned chicken (aka Chicken Brownies) or Liver (aka liver brownies). I've tried all of the above recipes with great success - all were big hits with my dogs - but also all of the class dogs that tried them! Caveat emptor: I won't make the liver brownie recipe again - even as a super high value treat it was just too much gore for a blender and that's all I'll say about that.....

** We like BumbleBee Tuna - for no other reason than the Mephiskapheles BumbleBee Tuna "Yum-Yum" song. "Yum yum Bumble, Bumblebee Tuna; I Love Bumblebee, Bumblebee Tuna; Yum yum Bumble, Bumblebee Tuna. I love a sandwich made with Bumblebee". Just the girls!

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