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Here's What Was Really in The Walking Dead's Dog Food Sandwiches

You know, in case you want to make it at home

Alexander Zalben

Spoilers for The Walking Dead past this point.

There were many lingering questions from this week's grueling episode of The Walking Dead: what's Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) plan for Daryl (Norman Reedus), now that he knows that Dixons don't break? Will Dwight (Austin Amelio) free himself from his cycle of viciousness and turn toward the side of the angels? And what was really in those dog food sandwiches they kept feeding to Daryl?

"I think it was like, Spam, with other things in it?" Reedus told TVGuide.com, laughing, over the phone. "And it was ground up. Those rolls were rock hard. It's what dog food would taste like, I imagine. It was gross. Super disgusting."

Even Amelio wasn't totally sure what was in the "dog food" when we asked him, recalling, "It was like a weird meat, or something. You wouldn't want to have a big meal with that stuff."

Well, he's correct about the fact that you wouldn't want to have a big meal out of it, but Reedus and Amelio might be shocked to learn that the "meat" wasn't meat at all: it was, in fact, an entirely vegan mix created by the Walking Dead props department.


In case you want the recipe to make your own Walking Dead dog food at home (or for your next viewing party), the base of the mix is composed of:

- vegan black bean sausage

- ground vegan sausage

- apple butter

The crew added some cherry preserves for color and taste, and even though Reedus protested that the rolls were rock hard, they were served on seven-grain artisan bread, so calm down, Norman.

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Naturally, if you want to prep the "dog food" the right way, you'll have to get a can of dog food and empty it out first. Or at least print out a generic-looking dog food label to tape to a tin can.

Either way, it may not be as bad as dog food. But it definitely doesn't taste good.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.