Spinach Balls Recipe

Spinach Balls, GreatPartyRecipes.com

Although the Spinach Balls recipe is a tried and true classic, it has some not-so-classic options, like the addition of mushrooms or feta cheese.

And Spinach Balls can be served as appetizers, finger food, or side dish, or even in place of meatballs on top of spaghetti.

I can't say for sure that you'll grow muscles, but it is a great way to eat your spinach, nevertheless.

Spinach Balls

2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cups seasoned (herbed) stuffing mix
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup finely chopped onions or green onions
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 eggs, beaten
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Squeeze the spinach dry. Do it again, with paper toweling. Crush the stuffing mix into fine crumbs either with a rolling pin or in a food processor. (Optional step, depending on whether you want smooth or lumpy spinach balls.)

Preheat the oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, combine the spinach, stuffing mix, Parmesan cheese, butter, onions, garlic, beaten eggs, and nutmeg thoroughly. Roll the spinach mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes.

As appetizers, serve warm or cool, skewered with party picks and with dipping sauce, if you like, on the side. (Dill Dipping Sauce is good.) As a side dish, or atop spaghetti, serve warm and un-skewered of course. Makes about 40 spinach balls.


Prep Tip:
Dampening your hands with water makes forming the spinach balls easier.

Make-Ahead Directions:
You can freeze the prepared, cooled spinach balls in freezer bags up to 3 months ahead of the party. Then thaw and reheat them on cookie sheets in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes.

Add 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped mushrooms or feta cheese to     spinach mixture.

  • Substitute dill weed or thyme for the nutmeg.
  • Substitute 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules for the fresh garlic.
  • Broccoli Balls: Substitute 1 20-ounce bag frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, for the spinach. Add 2 beaten eggs to the basic recipe above and set aside 1 cup more of Parmesan cheese for coating the balls. Substitute 1/2 teaspoon pepper for the nutmeg. Before baking, roll the Broccoli Balls in Parmesan cheese. Bake as above.

I found a great recipe for Cold Spinach Balls. They're made with fresh, wilted spinach and served with a peanut-agave sauce. Perfect for those big bags of spinach from the warehouse store, but you'll have to double or triple the recipe to use it all. 

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