Spinach puffs, also known as spinach patties or spinach balls, are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer or snack that is perfect for parties or anytime you want a tasty and satisfying treat. Made with a combination of cooked spinach, breadcrumbs, cheese, and a few other simple ingredients, these puffs are crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside. They are a great way to use up leftover cooked spinach, or you can use thawed frozen spinach if you don’t have any fresh spinach on hand. Whether you bake them in the oven or fry them in a deep fryer, spinach puffs are sure to be a hit with both adults and kids alike.
To make spinach puffs, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 (10-ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 cup grated cheese (such as Parmesan or mozzarella)
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
To make this recipe, you will first need to preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) or heat a deep fryer to 350°F (175°C). In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach, breadcrumbs, cheese, melted butter, eggs, onion, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
Next, use your hands to form the mixture into small balls or patties, about the size of a golf ball. Place the balls or patties on a baking sheet or in a deep fryer and bake or fry until they are golden brown and crisp, about 20-25 minutes in the oven or 3-5 minutes in a deep fryer.
Serve the spinach puffs immediately, while they are still warm. They can be served on their own as an appetizer or snack, or they can be served as a side dish with a meal.
here are a few more details about spinach puffs:
Spinach puffs are a great way to use up leftover cooked spinach, or you can use thawed frozen spinach if you don’t have any fresh spinach on hand. Just be sure to squeeze out as much water as possible from the thawed spinach so that your puffs don’t become too soggy.
You can use any type of cheese you like in your spinach puffs. Parmesan, mozzarella and feta are all popular choices, but you can also experiment with other types of cheese such as cheddar, gouda, or even goat cheese.
If you prefer a lighter, healthier version of spinach puffs, you can try using whole wheat breadcrumbs or a combination of breadcrumbs and oats, and you can also use olive oil instead of butter to lower the fat content.
Spinach puffs can be served hot or cold, and they can be made ahead of time and reheated when you are ready to serve them. They are also easy to transport, making them a great option for taking to potlucks or parties.
In addition to being served as an appetizer or snack, spinach puffs can also be used as a topping for salads, sandwiches, or pasta dishes, or as a filling for wraps or sandwiches. They are a versatile and delicious way to add some greens to your meals. Enjoy!