Spinach Puffs

19 Dec

Melly's Spinach PUffsJust in time for your holiday entertaining! These crazy simple little appetizers are always a hit. Someone asks for the recipe at least once every time I serve these. So I’ll admit, this post is a bit selfish as now I can just refer people here, which will make giving out the recipe easy peasy – just like making these.

Spinach Puffs are golden, crispy, cheesy balls of bread crumbs, egg and spinach. They are the perfect hot appetizer for parties because you can make them up ahead of time, put them on a cookie sheet in your freezer and when the timing looks right pop them in the oven. People will follow their noses right to your kitchen. Another plus is that these are far healthier than store bought hot appetizers and also more affordable.

I like to have some of these in the freezer for spontaneous entertaining that happens from time to time, or for a late night snack after I’ve been out dancing. I almost always have these on the menu for parties and often take them to parties when I am a guest. They are just that popular.

Ingredients

  • 1  10 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I use Kinnikinnick gluten free Panko-Style bread crumbs)
  • Seasoning to taste (Italian or other spice blend)
  • 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cups of nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/3 cups melted butter
  • 3 eggs beaten

Instructions

Thaw and drain the spinach. I find it best to squeeze out excess water by hand.

In a small bowl beat the eggs and set aside.

Melt the butter and set aside.

Mix the bread crumbs, seasoning, Parmesan cheese and nutritional yeast together in a large bowl.

Add in the spinach and make sure it is well distributed throughout the dry ingredients.

Add the butter and eggs and mix until well blended.

Form the batter into 1.5″ to 2″ balls.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet & freeze.

If you are going to serve these right away, you can leave them on the cookie sheet to go straight into the oven when you’re ready. If you intend to keep them for another occasion, let them freeze through and then store them in an air tight container or freezer bag.

Bake from frozen at 400 degrees F for 15-20 or until golden brown.

Note: Make sure you get spinach that is well chopped. If you forget to thaw your spinach you can thaw it in the microwave in 30 second bursts on a lower power setting. If you overheat the spinach, be sure it cools again before adding the egg.

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