I originally did a post on spinach balls over a year ago, but the photos have since vanished so I thought I would just update the entire post.
Spinach balls have been a constant at Thanksgiving dinner in my family for as long as I can remember. Sometimes they’re smaller and served as an appetizer, and sometimes they’re larger and served as a side dish, but either way, they’re there. I won’t be spending Thanksgiving with my family this year, and I knew that I wouldn’t make it through November without eating a few, so I went ahead and made a batch a little early.
I might end up making these where I will be spending Thanksgiving, but in case that doesn’t happen I will have avoided missing out on one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Because of the flavors involved these could be a nice addition to an Italian meal, but to me, they just taste like Thanksgiving.
Makes 15-20 balls
- 2 10-ounce boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid
- 2 cups (unprepared) Pepperidge Farm dressing mix
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tbsp garlic salt*
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Salt to taste
*You can substitute 1-2 cloves of minced garlic plus a little salt.
Combine the spinach, dressing mix, onion, cheese, herbs and spices in a large bowl.
Add the eggs and melted butter. Mix well.
Form the mixture into balls and place them in a greased baking dish.
These were a little larger than golf balls, and I made about 16 of them.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are starting to brown.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re feeding a crowd. (According to my mom, the expert, the recipe tripled yields about 3 dozen larger balls and the recipe quadrupled yields about 75 walnut-sized balls)
Yes, these are green. Yes, they contain a lot of spinach. No, they are not healthy. However, if you are interested in making them slightly healthier I think you could eliminate up to 1/4 cup of the butter and still have good results.
These take well to substitutions, so play around with them and make them your own. I think my mom usually goes light on the onion, and I’ve made changes when I was missing certain ingredients. Examples: feta instead of parmesan, breadcrumbs instead of stuffing mix, fresh garlic instead of garlic salt
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