Every year for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family spends all afternoon cooking a big meal. Several years ago, my mom starting preparing and bringing appetizers to hold us over while we cooked. My favorite of these snacks is the herbed spinach balls. While it originally came from a Weight Watcher’s recipe, it is a delicious way to sneak in some vegetables prior to dinner. It is also very easy to double or even triple the recipe depending on how many mouths you have to feed. In the pictures below, I demonstrate twice what the recipe normally calls for, but if you scroll to the bottom you will find the standard recipe and size!
Herbed Spinach Balls
Step 1: Gather all your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350°F.
I made 24 very large spinach balls using 2 bags of 10-oz. frozen spinach (thawed and drained), 1 cup finely chopped onion, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup dried breadcrumbs, and 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese. I also used 1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, sage, and oregano. Don’t forget 1/2 teaspoon of salt!
Step 2: Beat the eggs. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and beat with a whisk or fork.
Step 3: Combine all ingredients. Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl. Make sure your hands are washed before and after this step! Add a little love and really get your hands in there.
Step 4: Roll into balls and line on lightly greased sheet pan. I used a tablespoon to make these spinach balls so they came out very large. I would recommend using a teaspoon for more even cooking and feeling like you get to eat more!
Step 5: Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. When done they will be lightly browned and smell amazing. If you have formed smaller spinach balls, it may only take
Step 6: Serve and enjoy! Consider serving with marinara sauce if you feel like dipping!
The above recipe demonstrates 24 very large spinach balls. See the recipe below for 16 smaller spinach balls. You can always double or even triple the recipe to feed more people!
Special thanks to Artur Renault for the amazing photos!
Mom’s Herbed Spinach Balls
- 1 package 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup plain dried bread crumbs
- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp rubbed sage
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In bowl, combine spinach, onion, egg, and all the other ingredients. Mix well.
- Using a teaspoon, shape spinach mixture into 16 balls.
- Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and arrange balls onto sheet.
- Bake until balls are cooked through and lightly browned, 18-22 minutes.