Are you looking for easy healthy appetizers recipes ? Let’s talk about those cute Spinach Balls appetizer
Spinach balls – healthy appetizers to make ahead
Did I said that those cute spinach balls appetizer 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. That is another thing I love about this recipe. I can easily froze those spinach balls. 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 this spinach balls appetizer recipe on a plate covered with parchment paper. I leave half thumb space between each spinach balls to avoid them to stick together.
Spinach balls appetizer recipe – easy to make ahead and freeze
After an hour they are hard enough to be transferred 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 recipe store very well in the freezer 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. I also love to serve some zucchini balls in the mix. It is a similar recipe with pieces of zucchini, mint and garlic, check out the zucchini balls recipe if you like.
It is clearly your BEST alternatives to potato chips for your next party! They are the best healthy appetizers to impress you friends. And YEP, I am a lazy fit mum too and sometimes I do prepare those spinach balls with panko crumbs – not always gluten free – and 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 appetizer 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 one of my clean food recipes so 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 – 5 days a week – I can enjoy 20% 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, stay on the couch. Next day I will eat salads, run a marathon! haha! Whatever this spinach balls appetizer recipe is simply super tasty. You can easily eat 10 per person. If the batch is too large, do not worry this recipe freeze super well 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
Spinach Cheese Balls – gluten free or not it works!
Last note for my New Zealand followers – yep, I am French but lives in Auckland with my French husband and Kiwi girl . I made those spinach balls with panko gluten free crumbs from Bakeworks in NZ . But feel free to prepare those spinach balls with panko crumbs you like ! The one from the Japanese supermarket would work as well. I noticed that the spinach balls with panko – not gluten free- tend to be more dry. So just go for what you can found and enjoy !!!
I hope you enjoyed those spinach cheese balls.
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Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
Trim and wash the fresh spinach leaves.
Place the leaves in a large mixing bowl and over with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes.
Rinse the spinach with cold tap water. Drain using your hands to squeeze all the remaining water. You should obtain about 2/3 cup (160 g) of packed cooked spinach leaves. If you are using frozen spinach, defrost and measure this quantity.
Place on a chop board and finely chop the cooked spinach. Transfer into a mixing bowl.
Add eggs, cheese, herbs and panko gluten free crumbs. You can also add salt and pepper if your cheese is not very salty. I did not add salt.
Combine with a spoon or your hands, until it forms a batter from which you are able to form balls with your hands or use a small cookie scoop maker to avoid the mess
If too moist add slightly more crumb until easy to roll as ball with your hands palms.
Place the balls on a non-stick cookie tray covered with baking paper.
Bake at 350F (180C) for 15-20 minutes or until golden on the top.
Serve immediately or cold in luchboxes.
Serve with dips of your choice like pesto, hummus or homemade ketchup.
Spinach measurement : you need about 6 cups of fresh spinach. It makes about 2/3 cup (160 g) of cooked, squeezed and packed spinach. It is ok to use frozen spinach as soon as you have 2/3 cup cooked, squeezed, packed spinach.
Cheese options: you can replace grated cheddar but mozzarella, parmesan, colby, emmental or any hard grated cheese you love.
Herbs options: those spinach balls are very tasty with fresh parsley, dill or basil. Use your favorite herb or mix it!
This recipe makes 30 spinach balls. The nutrition panel is for one spinach ball.