This Cheesy Spinach Balls Appetizer recipe makes the perfect appetizer for any occasion. They are easy to make, delicious, and healthy! Whether you're hosting a dinner party or just looking for a tasty snack, these spinach balls will surely impress.
🗝️ Recipe's key points
- These easy spinach balls are a vintage recipe that has been served in our family for ages, so you know that it's a guaranteed success.
- It's a healthy appetizer that is not only great for special occasions like Valentine's Day when you want to impress your family, but it also can be served for your next party.
- Plus, you only need simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store so you don't have to worry about trying to track down hard-to-find or overly expensive ingredients.
The original recipe to make this fun appetizer has been passed down for many generations. This means that it's a tried and true recipe that you can count on to make a tasty side dish or appetizer anytime you need one.
This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
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- chopped spinach
- melted butter
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- ground thyme
- Boxed stuffing mix or Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
- grated parmesan cheese
- yellow onion
This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- In a large bowl beat together the three eggs until combined.
- Then add in the chopped and drained spinach.
- Next add the melted butter, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, salt, and parmesan cheese.
- Finally, add the breadcrumbs and diced onions to the mixing bowl.
- Mix the ingredients until they are well combined.
- Then use a medium cookie scoop to shape 1-inch balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
- Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.
- Allow them to cool slightly before removing from the pan and serving.
Storing - Store these spinach balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheating - To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also microwave them for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Freezing - These spinach balls freeze well. Place them on a baking sheet in the freezer until they are firm, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat as instructed above.
- If you don't have Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs on hand, there is no need to run out to the store, you can use plain breadcrumbs and add some Italian seasoning to flavor them.
- Instead of using breadcrumbs you can swap it out and use your favorite boxed stuffing mix, we like the Stove Top brand, or for a low-carb option, you can use crushed pork rinds instead.
- Frozen spinach works best in this recipe, however, you can canned spinach that has been drained well or even fresh spinach in a pinch.
- You can also add in other delicious items like cooked bacon, green onions or even some diced peppers for more flavor.
- I used to use paper towels to dry the thawed spinach a little to ensure that all the excess water was removed before I added it to these spinach bites.
- If you find that the mixture is sticking to your hands while you try shaping the balls give your hands a light spray with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the sticking.
- I always recommend baking these delicious spinach balls on parchment paper so that they don't stick to the pan or brown too much in the oven.
- Our favorite dipping sauces for this great snack are marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or even plain sour cream.
Yes, you can make the spinach balls ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Just be sure to add a few minutes to the baking time if they are chilled before baking.
To use frozen spinach in this recipe, thaw the spinach and squeeze out any excess liquid before adding it to the other ingredients. You can also use fresh spinach, just be sure to blanch it first before chopping and adding it to the mixture.
Yes, you can steam frozen spinach. Simply place the frozen spinach in a pot with a small amount of water and cook over medium heat until heated through and tender.
It is recommended to thaw frozen spinach before cooking it, as this will help remove any excess water and allow for better incorporation into the recipe. You can do this by placing the spinach in the refrigerator overnight or using a microwave on the defrost setting.
Both steaming and boiling are great cooking methods for spinach, but steaming may be a healthier option as it helps retain more of the nutrients in the spinach. Boiling can cause some of the nutrients to leach out into the water.
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- Mac and Cheese Pizza Bites is another appetizer that will surely be a winner at your next gathering.
🍽 What to serve with this spinach balls recipe
These delicious spinach balls can be served with a variety of dishes, making them the perfect versatile appetizer. Some of my favorite meals to pair them with are this Alfredo Baked Tortellini or this Creamy Shrimp Risotto. No matter what you choose to serve them with you will love them.
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You’ll need the following items to make this recipe successfully.
- Large baking sheet or cookie sheet with rimmed edges
- parchment paper
- Large mixing bowl
- Medium cookie scoop
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My favorite thing about this easy recipe is that even if there is a spinach hater in your household they will love these delicious and warm bites. The cheesy and savory flavors blend so well with the spinach that it makes even the pickiest of eaters ask for seconds.
If you're tired of serving the same old appetizers at your parties, you have to try our different and exciting Cheesy Spinach Balls recipe. They are packed with flavorful spinach, yummy cheese, and the convenience of prepared seasoned bread crumbs or boxed stuffing mix.
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- 3 eggs beaten
- 10 ounces package of frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained well
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs or stuffing mix crumbs — see note
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ yellow onion diced very small
- Preheat your oven to 350 ℉ degrees. Grease a baking sheet or vegetable spray parchment paper 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 golden brown.