Many many moons ago I babysat for a family who introduced me to the delicacy called the spinach ball.
Don’t let the spinach part throw you for a loop. These little morsels are delectable. I used to make them all the time for a snack, and they make a yummy appetizer to bring to parties too.
I had forgotten all about them and hadn’t made them for years when my kindergartner came home from school talking about having spinach balls for snack! Evidently one of the parents brought them in. She wanted me to call her teacher and get the recipe, so imagine her delight when I informed her that I have my very own spinach ball recipe!
She begged for days until I went to the store and purchased the necessary ingredients.
Of course she wanted to help, and this is a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Kids love getting their hands messy and rolling things.
Have you ever seen such a cute little kitchen helper? I thought not.
Once all the ingredients are mixed together, and it looks something like this . . .
it’s time to shape it into balls.
My recipe says to microwave them at 70% power for 5-7 minutes, depending on how many you are cooking at once. I prefer to use the oven because they don’t get rubbery that way, and also, I’m pretty sure that the microwave destroys nutrients but I admit I still use it far more often than I’d like. It’s just so conveeeeeenient.
Pretty soon, you have a scrumptious and fairly nutritious snack!
They won’t last long!
Want the recipe? Of course you do!
Spinach Balls Recipe
- 2 10-oz packages frozen & chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3 cups herbed stuffing mix (for gluten-free, make your own stuffing with Udi’s bread)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- garlic to taste
- Mix all ingredients.
- Roll into 1-inch balls.
- Microwave at 70% power for 10-12 minutes. (The cooking time varies depending on your microwave and how many spinach balls you cook at one time.) Or try them in the oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes.