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Spinach Balls Recipe

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Spinach Balls

Spinach Balls

Stephanie Gallagher
This spinach balls recipe is a great appetizer for parties, but it's also a great way to introduce kids to spinach. Sausage gives this recipe a real zesty flavor. These spinach balls also freeze well, so you can make a big batch and freeze half for later. You don't even have to thaw them before baking. Just extend the baking time to 15-20 minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 48-56 spinach balls

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. fully-cooked mild Italian sausage links, such as Applegate Farms sausage or Niman Ranch sausage
  • 2 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups cubed stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup grated parmesan (Parmigiano-Reggiano) or romano cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Place sausage links in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until the sausage is broken up into tiny pieces, sort of the size of bacon bits. Optional: Brown the sausage in a skillet. (It isn't necessary to brown the sausage since it's fully cooked, but it does give it a nice color and taste.) Transfer the sausage to a large bowl.

  3. Squeeze the spinach dry with a clean kitchen towel (watery spinach will keep the spinach balls from setting properly). Add the spinach to the bowl with the sausage.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix well.

  5. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets (compare prices).

  6. Bake the sausage spinach balls 10-12 minutes until light golden brown. Or freeze on the baking sheets, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to use. When ready to bake, there's no need to defrost. Simply bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 15-20 minutes.
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 5 out of 5
Holiday Staple, Member Andriamj

This is a great, easy recipe that has many variations. My grandmother would make it without the sausage sometimes and add cheddar cheese. They are also great as a quick snack. Especially, when the grandchildren would visit and need something to eat before dinner. Full of deliciousness and wonderful memories.

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