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Spinach Balls ~ The Perfect Bite Sized Hors d'oeuvre

Updated on March 7, 2017
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My husband & I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling & discovering new & different foods from all areas of the world.

Perfect Bite Sized Spinach Balls for a Delicious Hors d'oeuvre

Perfect Bite Sized Spinach Balls
Perfect Bite Sized Spinach Balls | Source

Cute Shih Tzu photo for St. Patrick's Day

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Judi is amazing with her photography of her Shih Tzu doggies...for every occasion. | Source
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Hors d'oeuvres for St. Patrick's Day

When thinking of serving perfect bite sized hors d'oeuvres in keeping with the color green for St. Patrick's Day parties, this old recipe from one of my mother-in-law's best friends who lived in San Antonio, Texas came to mind.

We had tasted these delicious spinach balls at my mother-in-law's home many years ago after her friend had given her the recipe. When I was looking through my mother-in-law's recipe box and saw it, I was delighted! I had forgotten all about them but instantly remembered how we all really liked these tasty creations.

These little morsels of delectable goodness are not just for St. Patrick's Day obviously, but now that I have found the recipe they will be made year round for many different occasions.

Since we will be joining friends this Sunday I thought that these would be perfect accompaniments to the rest of the meal.

The really nice thing is that they can be made up ahead of time and even frozen. When wanting to serve them just defrost and bake. I love recipes where one is not busy fussing with food at the last minute but can enjoy the conversation with guests.

Don't you feel the same?

Spinach being grown
Spinach being grown | Source

Spinach

Remember your mother telling you to eat more vegetables?

Spinach is one that you should consider if you are not already eating it. There are many health benefits attributed to eating this dark green leafy vegetable. It is low calorie and packed with nutritious nutrients.

Remember Popeye the Sailor Man? It did wonders for him!

Why Spinach is great for heart, brain, bones and eyes

Assembling some of the ingredients to make the spinach balls.

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Minced onion...toothpick shown for comparison purposes as to the size of the finely minced onion.
Minced onion...toothpick shown for comparison purposes as to the size of the finely minced onion. | Source

Okay...let's get busy making these delicious spinach balls!

Ingredients:

2 packages frozen chopped spinach (I used the square cartons available in most grocery stores.)

4 eggs

1 1/2 sticks butter

1/2 cup Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

2 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb stuffing mix (See note about Pepperidge Farm below.)

1 large onion, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Getting ready to make the spinach balls.
Getting ready to make the spinach balls. | Source
Mixing the ingredients together by hand.
Mixing the ingredients together by hand. | Source
Forming the spinach balls, approximately 1 inch or walnut sized.
Forming the spinach balls, approximately 1 inch or walnut sized. | Source
Place the spinach balls on a foil lined baking sheet.
Place the spinach balls on a foil lined baking sheet. | Source
Chilling the spinach balls in the refrigerator prior to baking or freezing.
Chilling the spinach balls in the refrigerator prior to baking or freezing. | Source

Directions


These directions are really easy to follow!


After cooking the spinach per package directions place into a colander and drain the cooked spinach well. Let it cool.


In a large bowl, beat the eggs and add the rest of the ingredients. Make sure the butter is softened before you begin.


If the butter is cold from the refrigerator and you simply cannot wait to make this mouth-watering recipe, you can soften the butter by putting it in a glass dish and microwaving it for 20 to 30 seconds. Just do not have it totally melted and hot or it might scramble the eggs.


Mix all the ingredients until well blended.


Your clean hands are the best tool you can use for this.


Form into 1 inch balls.


Chill at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.


Suggestion...these spinach balls can be made up to this point and frozen in plastic bags for later use. Just bring out however many you wish to bake, and you will have easy to complete Hors d'oeuvres for your dinner parties or a tasty treat for yourself. Just let them thaw a bit prior to baking.


Bake 20 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.


Enjoy hot out of the oven or at room temperature. They are good both ways! Makes about 60 delectable spinach balls. I told you that this would be an easy recipe to make. Enjoy and be prepared for many compliments!

Baked spinach balls ready to be enjoyed.  Just pop them in your mouth.  Bet you will want to eat more than one!
Baked spinach balls ready to be enjoyed. Just pop them in your mouth. Bet you will want to eat more than one! | Source

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Pepperidge Farm

This has been a favorite stuffing mix used by my family for years and no turkey dinner would be complete without some doctored up Pepperidge Farm stuffing.

It has a nice blending of flavors with flours (to make the dried bread crumbs) which include unbromated unbleached enriched wheat flour, whole wheat flour and malted barley flour. It also has spices and onion powder.

They have recipes on the package but we always add additional ingredients to our liking which include chopped parsley, chopped celery, chopped green onions, chopped mushrooms and cooked wild rice in addition to chicken broth in place of water. We have always loved that combination!

Pepperidge Farm as a company started with the efforts of one woman, Margaret Rudkin, who turned her superior bread making efforts into a successful industry.

From her kitchen to the boardroom of the Campbell Soup Company which eventually acquired her company and to writing a cookbook that ended up on the New York Times bestseller list, hers is a story of American ingenuity that is worthy of note.

© 2013 Peggy Woods

Comments are always welcomed!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Happy to be able to share this delicious spinach ball recipe with you. Enjoy!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      What a great recipe! I'm right into spinach and ricotta style items, so I have no doubt that this easy tutorial will help me to make some delicious spinach snacks for the winter season. Voted awesome and pinned to my Recipes board!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello MarloByDesign,

      They can easily be frozen ahead of baking but I have never frozen them after being baked. There have never been any leftovers needed to be frozen. Test it out to see by doing a couple of them...then you will know. Good luck...and enjoy! :)

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      MarloByDesign 2 years ago from United States

      I was wondering if these freeze well after they are cooked. I can't wait to make these!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rachel,

      For non spinach eaters, these spinach balls could quite possibly change their mind as the flavor of the tiny mouth sized morsel takes it in a different direction.

      Wishing you a Happy Easter also!

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