Spinach Balls
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A Meatless, Vegetarian Appetizer

Sneak more vegetables into your meals

Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables so I couldn’t resist trying these  spinach balls for their bite-sized cuteness!  How about a few of these, pictured here with spicy mustard, for a healthier snack for you and your kids.  These look colorful and appealing for your family's enjoyment or as a party appetizer. Dip in a spicy mustard, red sauce, or another of your favorite sauces or dips. The recipe makes 40 little balls.  They go great with a plate of spaghetti as a meatless-meatball.  Kids love to dip them!

Want to make them ahead? Mix them, shape them, and freeze them before cooking. You can pull them out when you are ready and bake as many as you want. Of course if you have kids, they probably won’t last that long anyway.

This does contain eggs and cheese, so would suit an ova-lacto vegetarian. I like them as a way to sneak more veggies into our children’s diets. Most likely, they won't even know the veggies are there.  Very easy to pick up with fingers or a toothpick too, which is fun for kids and adults.

Here are some other options you might enjoy adding to mix up the flavor. I’d cook them before freezing first though if using many of these extras.

  • Add some feta cheese.
  • Add any kind of grated cheese.
  • Definitely add in grated cauliflower.
  • Include chopped mushrooms.
  • Toss in some chopped kalamata or other olives.
  • Grate some zucchini or crookneck squash and toss it in too.
  • A little finely diced red pepper would add color.
  • Add all of the above!

Anyway you fix them, they are yummy, as a snack or for dinner!

  • Serves: 8 to 10
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 bunch fresh spinach (or 2 10 oz bags frozen)
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 c grated fresh romano (or parmesan) cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 3 or 4 green onions, chopped (any onion will work)
  • 4 eggs, beaten (or use equivalent EggBeaters)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (optional) or spray.
  3. Thoroughly wash spinach, drain then chop.
  4. If using frozen, thaw and drain.
  5. In a pan sprayed with olive oil, sauté garlic and spinach for 2 or 3 minutes, then drain and pat dry on a paper towel.
  6. Mix Italian bread crumbs, the grated romano cheese together, then add the spinach and green onion.
  7. Once that is evenly blended add the eggs, butter and salt and pepper.
  8. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. They can be set fairly close together.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Serving suggestions are with a good, spicy mustard or Italian red sauce. Spicy works best for added flavor.

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