Spinach Bites

 

If you are a parent – have you ever tried to get your kids to eat their vegetables?  Better question, besides my sister-in-law, do any of your kids actually like to eat vegetables?  I was shocked to hear that my nephew loves Brussel sprouts, and will pretty much eat anything his mother makes him (ok, maybe it is because she is such a great cook, but still).  I consider myself a decent cook – and if I can get my girls to eat a vegetable, it is a very good day.  Years ago I found a recipe for these Spinach Bites – every time I would make them, they would be gone in an instant.  I decided to make them as an experiment – my older daughter has never liked spinach – but she helped me make these – and when they were ready – she ate 4!!  She loved them.

These are so easy to make, and are perfect to bring for a pot-luck, or as an appetizer for a dinner party.  I like them plain, but they are also very good dipped in a honey-mustard sauce.

I made these the easy way using some short-cuts based on what I had in the house, but you can definitely make these with all fresh ingredients.  Use 10 oz. of fresh spinach – first saute 1 cup of chopped onions until soft, add 2 cloves of garlic, then the chopped spinach and 1/2 tsp of salt.  Instead of prepared stuffing mix, use 2 cups of small dried bread cubes and substitute chicken broth for the water.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing (like Stove Top)
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 eggs, slight beaten
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix water and butter in a medium bowl.  Stir to melt butter.  Stir in stuffing, spinach, cheese, eggs and nutmeg.  Form into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm.  Serve with honey mustard if desired.  Makes about 3 dozen.

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