Happy howlidays: Shane’s super-easy Christmas food recipes for your dog

Cocktails, burger and cake for dinner? Sounds perfect! All for the dogs? Must be Christmas. Wunderdog has some amazing recipes if you want to cook for your dog during the holidays

At Shane’s restaurant on the Hackney Wick canalside, near the Olympic Park in east London, it’s Christmas for the dogs quite a lot. The New Zealander’s beautiful place is incredibly dog-friendly, with his bulldog Edna greeting all guests, while simultaneously guarding the kitchen (a natural multi-tasker). 

Wunderdog visited Shane’s for a special Christmas treat: we watched him cook some dog meals that are so easy you can make them on the side while cooking your Christmas feast. Our good friends, rescue dogs Minnie and Wolf, had an early celebratory dinner with gravy cocktails, tripe, chicken liver and pea puree, beef burgers with roast vegetables, and liver cake with yoghurt for dessert.

Minnie is selflessly helping Wolf with his meal (all photos: George Baxter)

Before you head into the kitchen to try those recipes, here are some words of wisdom from Shane: “Dogs can be affected by gravy and stocks used over Christmas due to the use of salt, garlic, onions, nutmeg and other ingredients that can be harmful to your dog. I suggest making an easy dog stock that will have them crying for more.”

Shane’s recipes for a dog’s Christmas

Dog Stock

This is always good to have in the kitchen (it’s easy to freeze as well).

– Ask your butcher for a few beef bones and some chicken bones.
– Roast these bones on high for 20 minutes with a cut carrot and a cut parsnip.
– Place all in a large pot and cover with water, simmer for three to four hours or as long as you can handle. Keep topping up the water so the bones are covered.
– Drain: put the liquid back on the stove and reduce by at least half.
–  Cool and you now have a great stock to add to your dog’s food.

For the cocktail, add frozen blueberries and a parsnip crisp. 

Green tripe, raw egg, parsnip

“Green tripe (not cooked) is to me the wonder food for dogs,” Shane says. “Edna has become a fit healthy and energetic bulldog with a diet of green tripe. It holds an abundance of good digestive enzymes from the cow.

“This means your dog gets the most nutritional benefit from his meals. Digestive enzymes also do much more than aid in digestion: they aid in purify and cleanse the blood and help remove toxins, parasites and fungi. They also help to improve the metabolism, hormonal function and boost the immune system. Cooking destroys digestive enzymes, so it is important that your dog’s tripe is not only green but raw. Your dog will go crazy for green tripe. The only drawback: it stinks!”

Ingredients (either for a small or a large plate):
– 100g green tripe / 200g green tripe
– 1 raw egg / 1 raw egg
couple of parsnip crisps / few more parsnip crisps

Put the green tripe in a serving bowl. Break the raw egg on top. Place the parsnip on top of the egg.

Parsnip crisps are great treats for dogs and they love them. Use the peelings from your Christmas parsnips. Heat up some vegetable oil. Put in your parsnip peelings until golden and they have slowed in cooking. Drain and cool.

Chicken liver with pea puree, parsnip and gravy

“Dogs love a bit of veg – Edna loves broccoli and peas,” says Shane.

Ingredients (either for a small or a large plate):
– 100g chicken livers / 200g chicken livers
handful of peas/handful of peas
– 50ml stock / 75ml stock
Couple of parsnip crisps/hand full of parsnip crisps

– For pea puree: put some frozen peas in a blender, add the stock and blitz.
– For the chicken liver: place a little vegetable oil in a hot pan. Place in your chicken livers and quickly fry for one or two minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

Put some pea puree in the serving bowl. Place the chicken livers on top. Add a little stock juice. Top with a little parsnip, if you wish.

Beef burger with roast veg and gravy

Ingredients (either for a small or a large plate):
– 100g minced beef / 200g minced beef
– 50g cut carrot and parsnip / 100g cut carrot and parsnip
– 50ml stock / 75ml stock

– For the vegetables: blanch the carrots and parsnip until a little soft. Add a splash of vegetable oil to a hot frying pan. Fry the vegetables until caramelised. Remove.
– Shape the beef mince into a burger shape. Place in the hot pan and fry both sides. Remove.
– Place the veg and burger in a serving dish.

Shane’s dog Edna joins Wolf for dessert

Liver cake (with or without yoghurt)

“A great treat – once cooked the cake can be cut into small squares and used as needed. Keep refrigerated. Plain, low or non-fat yoghurt provides probiotic benefits and serves as an excellent source of calcium for our canine companions. Avoid flavoured yoghurts that are packed with sugar, and never feed yoghurt that contains the ingredient xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic for dogs.”


– 1kg liver
– ½ kg grated carrot
– 3 whole eggs
– 450g wholemeal flour
– 250g plain flour
– 35ml duck fat or veg oil
– plain yoghurt

– Blend liver and eggs and half carrot and duck fat.
– Beat in both flours.
– Place in a lined container.
– Bake at 160C for 1½ hours or until cooked

Wolf is enjoying his burger (and also waiting for his second cocktail)

Please note: neither Wunderdog nor Shane are responsible for your dog’s health. If your dog has allergies or if you are concerned about any ingredients, please ask your vet. The information provided on this website is for inspirational purposes only and should not be considered to be healthcare advice. 

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