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My favorite part of mom's party prep was the appetizers she made. My two all time favorites were spinach balls and sausage balls.
Spinach balls has become my go-to holiday dish to bring to family gatherings, and is now a favorite of my husband's family too!
So, I thought, what the heck! I'll try it out on my kids.
Here's the recipe:
Clarke Family Spinach Balls
2 boxes chopped spinach (10oz frozen package)
Cook spinach then drain and squeeze out moisture (Very important! Squeeze all the moisture out!)
In a large bowl, combine spinach with following ingredients: (you will need to get your handy dirty, the best way to mix is my hand.)
1 package,16oz, Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix (crumbly, not cubed!)
1 large, finely diced onion...(I should mention, I hate chopping onions. It is my least favorite cooking prep activity. If you are ever at my house for dinner, and you ask, "Is there anything I can do?", don't be surprised if I hand you an onion and a knife!)
6 eggs, well beaten
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup parmesean
1 tbsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp thyme
Shape into balls (size of golf ball) and place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 for 16-20 mins.
Spinach balls should be warm an firm to the touch.
Recipe makes approx. 5-6 dozen spinach balls.
By the way, as much as I love spinach balls, the ball rolling step is time consuming. All together from frozen spinach to warm balls, it took just over an hour.
And the verdict:
Three very enthusiastic thumbs up from husband and the bigs, and two "no way, yech" thumbs down from the littles.
Another lesson learned...I served the spinach balls as a side with this pasta I picked up at Cost Plus World Market:
I thought it looked fun and interesting. Silly me. I should know that my children (especially my persnickety four year old!) do not see "fun" and "interesting", they see "new", "different", and "gross!"