18
Oct
2013

Parmesan Spinach Bites Recipe {Perfect Party Appetizer}

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Spinach Parmesan Bites - DELICIOUS party appetizer

This is one of my favorite little easy appetizers and I wanted to post the recipe because it is a really great finger food for holiday entertaining or perfect for watching football.

You can make these ahead and pop in the freezer.  They are a yummy mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan and a bit of Spinach so you don’t feel badly about eating 100 of them. (ha ha!)

This recipe is from The Party Guys who had a Food Network show several years back.    I have been making these for a few years now and they are always a hit.  Seriously– give them a shot and see what you think.  I bet they become regular rotation for you- plus they are so easy to make ahead and keep in the freezer.

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Parmesan Spinach Bites
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Serves: 35
 
Delicious little bite size Spinach Parmesan Balls. A perfect appetizer for entertaining!
Ingredients
  • Frozen Chopped Spinach- 1 lb
  • 1¾ cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large onion minced (I use ½ onion for this recipe)
  • 10 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thaw frozen spinach in microwave in a large bowl.
  3. Place spinach on top of a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and squeeze out excess water. You can get ½ cup or more.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon or your hands.
  5. Form the mixture into balls- about 1 inch or smaller (so they are bite sized) and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle kosher salt over the top of the balls.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until firm and golden.
  8. Let cool and serve!

So a few extra notes.  The first is to carefully measure the bread crumbs because you don’t want to add too much and dry out the spinach balls.

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The next is to take a minute and shred the spinach.  If the spinach is clumpy the balls won’t look as appealing or taste as good.

I like to lay it out on paper towels and use a fork to sort of spread it out so it mixes easily with the other ingredients.  Oh and see the bowl on the right- that is all the water drained from my package of spinach so it is important to squeeze the water out.

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This is what it looks like all mixed up together and this is the messy part.  I just man up with my hands but if you have gloves that is better.

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And I like to use parchment paper lined on the baking sheet because you will get a little bubbly butter around each bite.  You can put the bites really close together because they won’t expand.   When I remove them from the oven I like to put the bites on a plate lined with paper towels to catch the last bit of butter.

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If you want to freeze these just take the bites after you salt them and place them on a plate or I use a pie dish.  Pop in the freezer for a quick fast freeze.  Then get them out and place in a freezer bag.

Oh and one last thing is that when you make the bites be sure the size is uniform so they cook evenly.

And a yummy plate of salty, bready, parmesany perfection ready to go!

Spinach Parmesan Bites- perfect make ahead party food

If you try these please come back and let me know what you think.  I like these just like this but you can also try dipping them in marinara sauce (here is a delicious crock pot marinara sauce recipe).  Some people serve these spinach balls as a vegetarian alternative to meatballs in spaghetti.

And you might also want to check out my easy Crock Pot French Onion soup recipe!  This is vegetarian or make with beef broth.

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