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the kids, or entertaining friends at home. Each recipe promises a completely different
taste experience, and all are really easy-to-make.
Easy Appetizers – Spinach Balls with Cheese and Mixed Herbs
By Rebecca Garcia
Entertaining your guests at home can be expensive, especially when you've eyes only
for high-end extravagant food. Lobster, truffles, foie gras and caviar can impress
but how many of us can afford in such swanky fashion? Inexpensive entertainment doesn't
mean "cheap"; it can still be stylish at very minimal cost.
If you're planning a cozy get-together or a Superbowl party, try this tasty yet cheap
finger food appetizers – spinach balls with cheese and mixed herbs.
These dainty little morsels are easy to eat, pretty to look at and finger-licking
good! What's more, they freeze well unbaked so make a large batch ahead of time and
be ready for a party anytime!
Spinach Balls Recipe
Here are the ingredients you need to serve 10 to 15 people:
12 ounces spinach, fresh or frozen chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup chopped green onions
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese*
3 eggs, lightly beaten
⅓ cup butter, melted
a dash of grated nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste
How to make spinach balls
Wash spinach well, discard hard stems and place into a saucepan. Cover and steam
spinach over medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes till the spinach has wilted and
cooked. Remove and rinse under cold water.
Drain and squeeze dry, then chop the spinach. If using frozen spinach, cook according
to package and drain well.
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
In a large bowl, combine spinach, breadcrumbs, parsley, rosemary, thyme, green onions,
cheese, eggs, butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Shape into 1-inch balls, place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
or until lightly browned. Enjoy spinach balls with your favorite dips!
*You can use low fat cheese if you want a healthy version of spinach balls.