Best Appetizer Ever - Spinach Balls

First, let me wish all of you a Happy 2012!  My official resolution is to be more frugal this year..this is going to be quite a task for me, but I am hoping to get some guidance from fellow bloggers.  :-)

I do not know where this recipe originated...I do know that my mom, her sisters and my cousins and I all have the coveted recipe.  It is, by far, a favorite of our family.  I cannot remember a Christmas Eve family gathering without these delicious spinach balls.  I hope you love them as much as we do!

You will need:

2 10 oz packages of frozen spinach
2 c. flavored stuffing mix
1 large onion finely chopped
6 eggs well beaten
3/4 c. melted margarine
1/2 c. grated or shredded parmesan
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

You will need about 3-4 hours for the mixture to chill in the fridge.

Thaw the spinach and squeeze out the excess moisture (very important).  If you are like me and forget to thaw til the last minute, I have been known to just run the spinach under hot water to help the thawing along.  :-)  

Combine the spinach, dried stuffing, chopped onion, eggs, margarine, cheese, cayenne pepper and garlic salt.  Mix well (I usually get in there with my hands to mix it together).
Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 3-4 hours before shaping.

Lightly grease your cookie sheet. Shape the mixture into balls.  This recipe yields 6-8 dozen small spinach balls...I tend to make mine larger and it usually makes about 4 dozen.  You can play around with the size, depending on the size of your guest list.  Here they are before going in the oven...325 degrees for 15-20 min.

And, here they are's making my mouth water just posting these!

Enjoy and may you have a healthy and happy new year!


Jamie said...

thanks for sharing this! My bf's mom would always make these when we were growing up and I love them!!! Pinning it right now :)

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Found you at Show and Tell Friday. I've never eaten or made Spinach Balls, but being a vegetarian, I have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll be making these this week!

Unknown said...

I would love to know what you think when you try them!

Jill said...

Oh they do look tasty - and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
Have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much!

Domesblissity said...

Oh yum. These look great. I'm definitely going to try them. I'd love for you to link up to my new "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party here in Australia every week. My blog features recipes, crafts, decorating, organising and decluttering advice and tips. I know everyone in Australia would love to read this blog post.

Thanking you,
Anne @ Domesblissity xx

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

I've never even heard of spinach balls but they sound divine! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope to see you again this week :)

Anonymous said...

I finally got around to making these after having had them on a pinterest board for months, and they're delish! I had to modify the recipe a bit due to an ingredient issue, so used flavored bread crumbs instead of stuffing mix, and cheddar instead of parmesan, but still good. (I do kind of wish I'd noticed I could have halved the recipe easily, but... more deliciousness, right?)