I made parmesan spinach balls over the weekend & my family couldn’t stop raving about them! Not the healthiest of appetizers, but mmm mmmm goooooood! I modified a recipe from AllRecipes.com by adding a few ingredients and fried them, instead of baking (as the recipe said). I did try to bake a few per the recipe instructions, but they turned out a bit mooshy/undercooked. If you want to try to be a bit more healthy & bake them, make sure to have the oven on 400 and bake them for at least 20 minutes.
- 1 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (or 1/2 a large yellow)
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoons Cumin
- 1/4 tsp soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, ground (I used 2 tsp dried garlic)
- dash of salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
(makes about 18)
- Thaw, drain & cook the spinach in a pan for a couple minutes (do NOT fully cook)
- Prepare the other ingredients (chop onion, beat eggs, grate cheese)
- In a large bowl, mix the spinach, bread crumbs, parmesan, butter, onion, eggs, soy sauce, cumin, salt & pepper.
- Pour the sesame seeds in a small bowl.
- With your hands, form approx 1 inch balls from the mixture.
- Lightly roll the balls in the bowl of sesame seeds for a tasty coating.
- Place the balls on a cookie sheet or pan, slightly spaced apart.
- Cover the spinach balls and place in the refrigerator.
- Allow the spinach balls to cool/slightly harden- leave in refrigerator overnight/at least 6-8 hrs.
- The next day, pour a bottle of vegetable oil (approx 48oz) into a medium pot and put on stove at medium-high.
- Wait until the oil is hot- it will start to “spit” a bit.
- Drop 3-4 of the balls into the hot oil for a few minutes, until browned.
- Remove from the oil with tongs and place on a pan/plate covered with paper towels to help soak up some of the oil. CAREFUL- VERY HOT!
- Allow the balls to cool about 5 minutes before serving.
- Best if served with a dressing/dipping sauce. I used a mixture of 1/2 sesame oil and 1/2 soy sauce and they tasted great!
Note: Used cooking oil or grease should not be discarded as trash or poured down the drain.