Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee

Make this easy fricassee meatloaf for dogs recipe.
By Roschelle Heuberger PhD, June 2009, Updated July 2021
meatloaf fricassee dog food recipe

It is easy to learn how to provide our dogs with nutritious, delicious homemade meals that are reliably safe and made with little or no fuss. You’ll find that dogs love this recipe for homemade dog food ground meat fricassee/meatloaf, and it is easy to make with basic ingredients that you have at home.

Directions for this incredible fricassee meatloaf dog food recipe include mixing your favorite ground meat, some brown rice, egg then add in your dog’s favorite fruits and vegetables. Browse our list of dog-friendly superfoods and vegetables to inspire your inner chef.

Go beyond meatloaf with three more recipes that are sure to please your pup’s taste buds and keep them healthy.
Fishy (or Chicken) Dog Food Recipe
Puppy Brunch
Puppy Stew

This homemade fricassee meatloaf recipe for dogs comes from pet nutritionist Roschelle Heuberger, PhD’s article on how to save money with homemade dog food. Learn about the nutritional and financial benefits of feeding your dog home-cooked meals in addition to, or in lieu of, commercial dog food. 


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Homemade Dog Food: Fricassee Meatloaf

Home cooking helps you feed ’em well for less.


  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content)
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice or barley
  • 2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed
  • 2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable)
  • 1 tsp. iodized salt


1. Mix ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Line a 9" baking pan with waxed paper

3. Put the mixture into the pan.

4. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for one hour.

Cool before serving.


Approximately 6 cups, which feeds a medium-sized dog for about 1.5 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: approximately $9
Cost per serving: $3
Daily cost: $6

Per Serving

Energy: 730 calories
Protein: 52 grams
Carbohydrates: 58 grams
Fat: 32 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram
Dietary fiber: 14 grams
Calcium: 180 mg

Important: Many veterinarians, while acknowledging that pet food recalls and the poor quality of some pet foods are causes for concern, still feel that homemade dog food diets, when fed exclusively, may result in nutritional imbalances and vitamin/mineral deficiencies that may pose threats to canine health. Therefore, if you choose to feed your dog homemade dog food, it is important that you understand and provide what your dog needs to stay healthy; veterinary nutritionists can assist in developing suitable homemade diets. While caution was taken to give safe recommendations and accurate instructions in this article, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s reaction to any food or ingredient. Readers should consult their vets and use personal judgment when applying this information to their own dogs’ diets.

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Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, is a Registered Dietitian, an Associate Professor of Nutrition and director of the Clinical Nutrition graduate program at Central Michigan University.