Appetizer | December 27, 2019

Spinach Balls Recipe with Mustard Dipping Sauce

Spinach, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese wrapped up in a perfect bite sized appetizer. This easy spinach balls recipe will please a crowd and be whipped up in a snap.
Spinach balls recipe in a cast iron skillet with mustard dipping sauce to the side.

What Is A Spinach Ball?

My Husband’s brother makes these as a tradition every holiday season.  I’ll admit – at first I was really skeptical…especially of the name.  “Spinach balls?  Sounds Terrible!”  Then I ate one as a courtesy. To my surprise they were delicious!  I ate probably a half dozen and still wanted more!  These have become one of my favorite appetizers to make…not only because they are tasty, but because they are EASY!
Spinach balls recipe in a cast iron skillet with mustard dipping sauce to the side.
Think of a spinach ball as a meatless meatball.  Spinach balls are made of spinach (obviously), breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, egg, butter, and seasonings.  The combination is really tasty and makes for the perfect appetizer.  I love eating these straight out of the oven, but they can also be served at room temp.
Spinach balls stacked beside a cast iron skillet.

What Do I Need To Make This Spinach Balls Recipe

For this recipe you’ll need:
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • melted butter
  • eggs
  • spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • salt and pepper
Ingredients for spinach balls.

How Do I Make This Spinach Balls Recipe?

  1. If using fresh spinach, place it in a large bowl and pour 3 cups boiling water over top.
  2. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile add breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add grated parmesan cheese.
    How to make spinach balls recipe.
  5. Pour in eggs.
  6. Add melted butter.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Squeeze liquid from spinach.
    How to make spinach balls recipe.
  9. Add wilted spinach to mixing bowl. With clean hands, mix all ingredient until well combined.
  10. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  11. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  12. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.
    How to make spinach balls recipe.

Pro Tip – My favorite way to form these spinach balls, or meatballs for that matter, is to use a cookie scoop.  It is the perfect size and they create uniform balls.  Of course you can just eyeball it, and roll one and a half inch balls from the dough, but if you don’t have a cookie scoop you need to invest!  I love using it for cookies of course, and lots of other recipes.

What About The Dipping Sauce?

For the dipping sauce you’ll need:
  • white vinegar
  • white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ground mustard
Mustard sauce ingredients.

How Do I Make This Dipping Sauce?

  1. In a medium saucepan, add ground mustard.
  2. Add white sugar.
  3. Add beaten egg.
  4. Pour in white vinegar.
  5. Stir continuously over medium heat until sauce thickens.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and serve alongside spinach balls.
    How to make spinach balls recipe.

The Perfect Finger Food

These spinach balls have been a welcomed addition among the
at your holiday party.
Spinach balls recipe in a cast iron skillet with mustard dipping sauce to the side.

Can Spinach Balls Be Frozen?

Absolutely!  Premake them and freeze before baking.  When needed, transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!  This is a perfect make-ahead recipe!

Spinach balls on a wooden cutting board with a side of mustard sauce.

Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Spinach?

You can actually use both.  If you are using frozen, thaw and squeeze excess liquid out.  If you are using fresh – follow the steps in the recipe card for melting.  I’ve used both and both are delicious.

Spinach balls recipe in a cast iron skillet with mustard dipping sauce to the side.

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Spinach balls recipe in a cast iron skillet with mustard dipping sauce to the side.
Spinach Balls Recipe with Mustard Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A tasty, easy appetizer!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spinach balls
Servings: 24 spinach balls
Calories: 127 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Spinach Balls
  • 20 oz packages of frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained or 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mustard Sauce
  • 1/3 cup ground mustard found on the spice aisle
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
Instructions
Spinach Balls
  1. If using fresh spinach, place it in a large bowl and pour 3 cups boiling water over top. If using frozen spinach, thaw and squeeze out excess liquid.

  2. Let stand for 5 minutes.Meanwhile add breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add grated parmesan cheese.

  4. Pour in eggs.

  5. Add melted butter.

  6. Season with salt and pepper.

  7. Squeeze liquid from spinach.

  8. Add wilted spinach to mixing bowl. With clean hands, mix all ingredient until well combined.

  9. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

  10. Roll into 1 inch balls.Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

Mustard Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and transfer to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring just to a boil whisking the entire time.
  3. Can be served warm or at room temp.
Nutrition Facts
Spinach Balls Recipe with Mustard Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1550IU31%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Have made these several times, and they are always liked. Needed a Sauce recipe for them. This will work. Thanks

  2. Wow. That is a VERY spicy (horseradish kick) sauce. I had to cut it with a mild brown mustard to make it tolerable. It definitely give the spinach balls a depth of flavor, but it needs a toning down somehow IMO.

    1. Hi Colleen, I would recommend only using 1/4 cup of mustard if you find the sauce too strong. We like things spicy around our house :)

  3. 5 stars
    When I visited Peru there were some little balls sold on the street that look a lot like these. Really took me back because these look delish