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.
- 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
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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