Appetizers…Parmesan Spinach Balls

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  • 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.

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