These spinach balls are easy to make and bake, and they are incredibly delicious! Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and eggs are among the ingredients. Make them and serve as an appetizer or serve them with spaghetti and marinara sauce for an excellent meat-free meal. Even the kids will love them!
I find that rolling them in dry bread crumbs gives them a dry outer coating, which is nice if you're serving them as a finger food.
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
- 2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs
- 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely minced onions, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or freshly grated, or to taste
- 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs, seasoned or plain, optional
Cook the spinach following the package directions. Drain the spinach in a colander, pressing (it will be hot, so use a bowl or cup) to squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible.
In a large bowl, combine the warm spinach with the softened butter. Add the stuffing crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and minced onions; mix well. At this point, before you add the eggs, taste and add salt, to taste, along with the pepper and nutmeg.
The amount of salt will depend on the saltiness of the stuffing crumbs.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs lightly. Add the eggs to the spinach mixture; blend thoroughly. Chill the mixture for about 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick cooking or baking spray.
Using a rounded teaspoon or small cookie scoop, shape the spinach mixture into small balls. If the mixture is sticking to your hands, dampen them with water as you work.
Put the fine dry bread crumbs in a plate or bowl, if using, Roll the balls in the bread crumbs until they are lightly coated.
Arrange the spinach balls on the prepared baking sheets. Leave about 1/2-inch between the balls (they don't spread).
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the feel firm to the touch.
If you are serving them as an appetizer, keep them warm on a warming tray, in a buffet server, chafing dish, or slow cooker.
Makes about 4 dozen spinach balls.
- Add some crunch to the mixture with finely chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted or not).
- For a festive holiday appetizer, add about 1/4 cup of finely minced red bell pepper.
- Add about 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
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