Are you looking for easy healthy appetizers recipes ? Let’s talk about those cute Spinach Balls appetizer
As you guys know by now I grew up in France in a healthy foodie family. My grandma growing all our vegetables and mums cooking ALL our meals. Mums always had an obsession for spinach. I think she passed it to me. I mean, the amount of spinach I eat each week is absolutely absurd. But there is worst food to be obsessed on in life, right? SO those spinach balls appetizer are another of my spinach recipe to fix my all day spinach craving! Keep reading and I will tell you more about those amazing healthy appetizers.
Spinach balls – easy and healthy appetizer
Did I said that those cute spinach balls appetizer are SUPER EASY to make ? All you need is 6 basics ingredients:
- Spinach – fresh or frozen
- Grated cheese of your choice – I probably tried 10 different sort of hard grated cheese and all goes well. My favorite are emmental, cheddar and mozzarella
- Panko crumbs – gluten free or not as you like
- Fresh herbs – parsley or coriander are my favorite
- Garlic salt – or fresh garlic and salt but I am lazy sometime and both result in a delicious spinach ball
This is a NO FAIL recipe. If you have got a large mixing bowl and you are not scared to get your hands a bit dirty, here you go! You are few minutes away of making the most delicious spinach balls for your next party.
Make ahead and freeze well !
What I really love about those simple spinach balls is that you can make them 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.
- Freeze this spinach balls appetizer recipe on a plate covered with parchment paper
- Leave half thumb space between each spinach balls to avoid them to stick together
- After an hour they are hard enough to be transferred into an airtight plastic box
- Keep in the freezer up to 3 months !
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.
How to defrost them ?
This recipe store very well in the freezer and I always have a batch in my freezer. 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. 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.
How to eat them?
Those spinach balls are way better HOT and dipped into sauce !
I recommend few of my dips recipes to go with :
Any dip makes them even more delicious.
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.
WATCH THE SPINACH BALLS RECIPE VIDEO !
Now, tell me what’s your favorite food pairing with this spinach balls appetizer recipe ?
- 6 cup fresh spinach leaves trimmed, washed (230 g) see note for frozen/cooked spinach
- 3 cup boiling water
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (60g) - I used Cheddar, use grated parmesan or grated emmental for more cheese flavor
- 1/4 cup fresh herbs of your choice, finely chopped I used cilantro
- 1 cup Gluten Free Panko Crumbs (75 g) or ground pork rinds if keto
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 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.