October 15, 2018

Spinach Balls

An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.


A year or two ago I asked on the facebook page what some of your favorite appetizer recipes were because I was looking for new ideas. Y’all gave me tons of ideas but the one that really stuck in my mind was one my friend, Meg, suggested: Spinach Balls!

Yes, I’ve had that tucked in my gourd all this time. This is why I can’t remember to pay the water bill on time… I’ve got random things like “must try spinach balls because Meg loves them and she has excellent taste so they must be great” floating around in my head.

For over a year.

Spinach Balls! An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.

I’d never even heard of them. A quick google search yielded tons of recipes. Do you ever wonder how a gozillion people know about something and you’ve never even heard of it?? I looked at several recipes to get a concept of the basic structure then came up with this recipe.

Most recipes either called for seasoned bread crumbs or dry herb stuffing. After glancing at enough recipes I figured one box of Stove Top would yield about the right amount so I went with that.

Then I wouldn’t have to throw away any unused bagged stuffing that went stale and I thought I’d enjoy the heartier texture of the Stove Top more than the finer meal of the bread crumbs.

Spinach Balls! An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.

I thought these were fantastic! Husband runs screaming from anything green so he wouldn’t even try them. He earned himself a swat in the ear when he walked by and made a gagging sound but I thought they were fantastic!

So often I find myself going heavy on the “meat” appetizers and not making many alternatives like this recipe. Sure, I’m always good for a veggie tray and I can lay out a mean cheese board but I don’t really have any cooked, savory vegetable appetizers. Until now!

I also think this might be a fantastic side dish if cooked in a casserole dish!

Spinach Balls! An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.

TAH-heeee... y'all... the more I look at these things two words keep popping in my head:

GREMLIN BALLS! 😆

Remember that movie?? When the cute little fuzzy critters turned into green goblins if you fed them after midnight or got them wet??

Sooo... if you're having a Halloween party and are serving themed food, serve a platter of these with a card that reads, "Gremlin Balls" and I bet they'll be a hit!!

Spinach Balls! An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.

If you're looking for more fun appetizers, try some of these recipes too!

  • Party Shrimp – Super easy shrimp appetizer recipe with just a few ingredients that cooks up quick in the oven. 
  • Buffalo Feathers – Grilled chicken tenders sauced like wings for all the fun and flavor of buffalo wings with half the work! 
  • Monte Cristo Party Sliders – Party sandwiches made with ham, turkey and cheese baked in a rich buttery topping dusted with powdered sugar. 
  • Chipotle Shrimp Tostada Bites – Mini tostadas with chipotle glazed shrimp and guacamole sprinkled with a confetti of red onion and cilantro! 
  • Original Sausage Balls – The original recipe for sausage balls using Bisquick, cheddar cheese and sausage. 
  • Ham & Swiss Party Pinwheels – A super easy appetizer recipe using puff pastry, ham and cheese that's perfect for entertaining.

This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!


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Yield: 55-60 Pieces

SPINACH BALLS

prep time: 10 minscook time: 16 minstotal time: 26 mins

ingredients

  • 2 10-oz packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 6-oz box Stove Top stuffing (any kind)
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

instructions

Drain spinach really well then add to a mixing bowl.

Grate onion with a box grater (or chop with a food processor) then add onion to the spinach.

Add melted butter and eggs then stir well. Add remaining ingredients then stir to combine. Add more parmesan cheese if necessary to ensure the consistency is thick enough to be rolled into balls. 

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls then place on a greased baking pan (they do not plump when they’re cooked so you can place them fairly close together). Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes or until brown on the bottom.

Notes:
  • Substitute Pepperidge Farm or another favorite brand of stuffing if desired – you will need approximately 2-1/4 cups.
  • The consistency of the mixture depends entirely on how moist the spinach is. If you find your mixture is too dry to roll into balls, add one beaten egg or two egg whites. If it is too wet, add parmesan cheese.
  • These are awesome served with ranch dip.
  • If you don’t have a box grater or a food processor, just finely mince the onion. 
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Spinach Balls! An easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe using spinach, parmesan cheese and herb stuffing.


3 comments:

  1. Hmmm...wonder what they would be like with mozzarella?? ;)

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  2. These sound wonderful... I had never heard of them before.. but I am going to try them ..Thanks..
    Bernice P

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  3. Captain Peter MorseOctober 15, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    i was thinking mozzarella and some chopped ham and make it a casserole

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