How to Make Yummy Dog-Friendly Grilled Ham and Cheese Pups
One of my favorite things for lunch is grilled ham and cheese so I decided to combine that with my love of dogs and make dog-friendly grilled ham and cheese pups. How cute is this little guy in his red bowtie, almost too cute to eat. I am sure kids would love them, I know all the big kids at the cottage this past weekend did. I served them with salad on Sunday.
I confess that I share a tiny nibble of my lunch with Kilo the Pug sometimes. He absolutely loves cheese and ham too, but he only gets a tiny taste in return for some tricks. He LOVED his taste of these dog-friendly Grilled Ham & Cheese Pups and gave them a definite PAWS UP.
Total Time: 12 minutes
Prep: 7 minutes (includes pre-heating oven)
Assembly: 3 minutes
Cooking: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 treat
- 1 half English muffin or a piece of sliced bread cut into a round circle (we tested multigrain and gluten-free – we used a glass to cut the shape)
- two tablespoons of grated cheese- add enough to cover each piece of bread if making more than one (we used my favorite cheddar that we grated ourselves but packaged mozzarella mix works well too- just no spices, you could also use sliced cheese cut to the circle shape)
- 1 piece of ham cut in half for ears (you can substitute sliced turkey or cooked bacon)
- 1 small piece of ham for the tongue
- 3 pieces of kibble for dogs or blueberries or pieces of vegetable for kids (and big kids)
- 1-2 pepper slices
- Preheat oven then set to broil
- Place round bread or muffin on a baking dish (line with tin foil if you do not want to clean off melted cheese)
- Cut a circle slice of ham in half for the dog’s ears
- Spread cheese over the round piece of bread or muffin
- Add the ham to create the dog face.
- “Grill” oven option for 2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling
- Remove from oven and put onto a plate
- Stick three blueberries or pieces of kibble into the melted cheese for eyes and nose (we picked blueberries at the cottage and used last weekend)
- Add an upside down shaped ham slice for the muzzle (we did not grill it as it lost it’s shape in testing)
- Cute and add a small piece of pepper slice or tomato for the tongue- you can also use for eyes and nose if you like that flavour.
- Cut out a collar shape with the pepper slice and place on the plate below the dog’s face
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