Signature Dish: Katalin Cseh shares her recipe for dog treats

Despite being a busy MEP, Katalin Cseh (Renew, HU) always makes time to prepare treats for her two dogs Kyra and Ziggy.
MEP Katalin Cseh (Renew, HU) with her husband and their two dogs Kyra and Ziggy.

By Katalin Cseh

Hungarian MEP Katalin Cseh is Vice-Chair of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament and a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights

22 Feb 2024

When The Parliament invited me to share my favourite recipe with readers, I was a little hesitant. As someone who rarely cooks – I’m always on the move between Brussels, Strasbourg and Budapest – cooking isn’t my go-to activity. I’m more used to hotel rooms than fully equipped kitchens. My hectic lifestyle as an MEP has made me deeply appreciate the European Union’s Platform Work Directive, which seeks to improve the working conditions of gig economy workers – because, frankly, Uber and Deliveroo drivers have been lifesavers for me on more than one occasion.  

One thing I’ll always make time for, no matter how busy my agenda gets, is preparing healthy meals and quality treats for my two dogs, Kyra and Ziggy. They deserve the very best, a feeling I’m sure all pet parents share. Both Kyra, a schnauzer mix, and Ziggy, a German shepherd, had tough beginnings. Kyra endured abuse and neglect in a dog pound, and Ziggy was found tied up at a construction site as a puppy.  

I’ll always make time to prepare quality treats for my two dogs, Kyra and Ziggy.

My husband and I do our utmost to give our dogs the love and care they deserve – a task that falls to my husband when I’m away on Parliament duties. So, I've decided to share my favourite dog biscuit recipe, one inspired by Sally McKenney’s recipe for peanut butter and bacon dog treats. (Before donning your oven gloves, be sure to run the recipe by your vet if your pup has any allergies.)  

I can promise that your four-legged companion will find them super-tasty, so serve them in moderation. Still, bringing joy and happiness to our lives surely merits a tasty dog biscuit every now and then, right?  


Makes about 15 dog treats 

255g smooth peanut butter 

180ml non-fat milk 

1 large egg (or 60g unsweetened apple sauce) 

244g wholewheat flour 

1tbsp baking powder 

28g oats 

2-3 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped 


  • Preheat the oven to 160C. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 
  • In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk and egg (or apple sauce, if preferred).  
  • Add the flour and baking powder. Mix in the oats and bacon to form a thick, heavy dough. 
  • Roll out the dough (roughly 0.5cm to 1cm thickness). Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter – bone-shaped ones are especially cute – and place on the baking sheets. 
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until lightly brown on one side. Turn, then bake for a further 10-12 minutes. 
  • Allow the treats to cool completely before giving them to your dog.  
  • Store at room temperature for up to a week, or in the fridge for up to a fortnight. 

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Despite being a busy MEP, Katalin Cseh (Renew, HU) always makes time to prepare treats for her two dogs Kyra and Ziggy.
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