These Spinach Balls are the perfect appetizer! They are delicious, easy to make, and more healthy than your average appetizer. Baked instead of fried and full of spinach and amazing flavors, this spinach balls recipe is going to be your new go to! If you are looking for more recipes for your holiday party you will want to look at these cranberry brie bites and this cranberry pomegranate champagne cocktail. Your guess will also love this olive cheeseball!
So this Spinach Balls recipe has kind of a funny story behind it. This is a recipe that came from my good friend’s mom. Like a second mom to me growing up, living just a few houses down. Anyway, this was a recipe that I’ve had at baby showers, and bridal showers, one of those recipe that you are like, “Oh, I’ll try this,” and then 80 spinach balls later you decide you are in love.
The other day I was thinking about this recipe and asked my friend if her mom was okay with me posting it on my blog. She told me she would ask and then a few minutes later I got this message about how her mom originally struggled to get the recipe from a friend.
It was hard for her to get the recipe but she believes “recipes are for sharing!” so she’s happy to give it out. To anyone and everyone.
I kind of believe that recipes are for sharing too.
The Most Forgiving Spinach Balls Ever
Here’s the funny part.
The first time I made this recipe after getting it from her, I left out the butter! I took them out of the oven and they looked dry and that’s when it hit me – THE BUTTER! I sent my friend a text telling her what had happened and she responded,
That’s so funny! Mom just did the same thing on Thanksgiving!
She went on to say that one of the great things about this recipe is that you can totally forget ingredients and they still work – they’ve forgotten the cheese and the bread crumbs before ????
Sure, not quite as good, but still delicious.
Guys, I ate like five butter-free spinach balls.
HOW TO MAKE SPINACH BALLS
As I mentioned, this recipe is really easy and you can totally forget ingredients and it will still work great. But don’t forget ingredients, guys. It tastes so much better when you make it the way you are supposed to.
TIPS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE TURN OUT PERFECT
There are a few tips that help make this recipe turn out perfect.
- Make sure that when you thaw your frozen spinach you squeeze out all of the water.
- Be sure to dice your onions very small. The first time I made this, I didn’t dice them small enough and it makes it difficult to roll them, plus, big chunks of onions.
- Using a cookie scoop helps make the balls more quickly and more uniform.
- The original recipe called for stuffing mix (not the cubed kind), but I found that hard to find, so I used bread crumbs instead. Feel free to sub the stuffing mix back in if you find it!
- This recipe makes 24 spinach balls. The original was double that. So definitely make double if you are only having one other appetizer. Your guests will be so happy you did.
If you are looking for other great recipes for a party, make sure to try this French Onion and Bacon Cheeseball (YUMMY!), these Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, and of course you will want to know how to make the best cheeseboard!
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained well
- 6 TBSPs butter melted
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 TBSP black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs see note
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 yellow onion diced very small
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, make 1 inch balls. Place them on the baking sheet. And bake for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.
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