Are you looking for easy party appetizers? Let’s talk about those cute Spinach Balls!As you guys all know by now I grew up in France in a healthy foodie family with a grandma growing all our vegetables and mums cooking ALL our meals. Mums always had an obsession for spinach and I think she passed it to me. I mean, the amount of spinach I buy each week is absolutely absurd, but there is worst food to be obsessed on in life! SO those spinach balls are another of my spinach recipe to fix my all day spinach craving!
Spinach balls, great savory snacks or easy make ahead appetizers
Did I said that those cute spinach balls are actually easy to make ahead and freeze? With my busy 2 year old running around the house all I (don’t) have is time to make fresh meals everyday so that is another thing I love about this recipe, I can easily froze those spinach balls ! Yeah! I started this blog 3 years ago to show how to feed my family for health but I won’t lie to you! While I cook all our meals LOTS of them goes to the freezer! I usually love to freeze those spinach balls on a plate covered with parchment paper leaving half thumb space between each to avoid them to stick together. After an hour they are hard enough to be transfer into an airtight plastic box (I am a HUGE fan of Tupperware! it save my life as a busy mummy).
Honestly, I am not always defrosting the balls before baking. It works really well to bake them frozen – well, it took a wee bit longer to get crispy and hot – but works like a charm! This store very well and I always have a batch in my freezer. Last time I served those as a last minute appetizer to some friends who pop up to say hi. You should have seen them! SO impressed to know that those spinach balls was homemade. It is clearly your BEST alternatives to potato chips for your next party!
And YEP, I am a lazy fit mum too and sometimes I do prepare those cheesy spinach balls with frozen spinach 🙂 Confession : you will not taste the difference so if you are on a rush just go for frozen spinach, really this is a time saver as it takes only few minutes to defrost the spinach in boiling water. OUPS! forget to say make sure you dry out the frozen spinach very well before using. I usually pat dry the spinach on absorbent paper until no more water left. I make about 30 spinach balls with this recipe – NOPE, it is not a lot because i is super addictive food and you will eat them super quickly. Don’t feel guilty about it this is clean eating food it is OK to slightly ‘overeat’ healthy food don’t you think? Well that is my philosophy! You guys know me enough now to know that I HATE diet, and I love to indulge myself on great food sometimes.
I simply believe that if I eat 80% clean food during the week – so 5 days a week – I can enjoy 20% of less healthy food during the week end. HEY! I am French I can’t have a week end without a glass of red wine 🙂 BALANCE is the key some day I will eat cupcakes, put my old pregnancy pants and stay on the couch and the next day I will eat salads and run a marathon! ahaha! Whatever those spinach balls are simply SO tasty that you can easily eat 10 per person. If the batch is too large, do not worry this recipe freeze super well too as I said before in this post. (scroll up!!!)
NEXT how to make lovely round balls. Simple use your hands! or if you are a kitchen geek like me buy some tools to make the process mess free. I personally use a small cookie scoop like this one:Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop.
Last note for my New Zealand followers – yep, I am French but lives in Auckland with my French husband and Kiwi girl – I used gluten free panko crumbs from Bakeworks in NZ. However any panko crumbs would work well too, just go for what you can found and enjoy !!!
Top 5 Dips & Sauces recipes to eat with your Spinach Balls
Just a little addition here for those like me who love to dip any finger food in sauce. I listed below my top 5 dips & sauce recipes that I often serve with those spinach balls. All are easy peasy to prepare and I love how it create a beautiful table for our finger food night.
5- Homemade Sweet & Sour BBQ sauce. The last perfect food pairing with spinach balls is a sweet & sour BBQ sauce, no refined sugar in this recipe! Only good stuff! Get the sweet & sour BBQ sauce recipe here.
Although note that those spinach balls are also very tasty when cold I only recommend to store them at room temperature after being baked because they tend to harden in the fridge. If stored at room temperature eat them within 24 hours. For more spinach appetizer recipe check my Low Carb spinach pizza recipe.
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I hope you enjoyed this post.
Now, tell me what’s your favorite food pairing with spinach balls ?