Appetizer | November 13, 2017

Spinach Balls Appetizer with Mustard Dipping Sauce

Spinach, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese wrapped up in a perfect bite sized appetizer. This easy spinach balls appetizer recipe will please a crowd and be whipped up in a snap.
Spinach Balls Appetizer With Mustard Dipping Sauce on white platter
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!

The Perfect Finger Food

My family likes to serve Thanksgiving dinner in the evening, but we prepare lots of finger foods to eat during the day.  We enjoy that appetizer feast almost as much as the dinner feast!  These spinach balls have been a welcomed addition among the bacon wrapped water chestnuts, the pumpkin pie dip, and the sweet and sour meat balls the last few years.

Spinach Balls ingredients in bowl being mixed

What Is A Spinach Ball?

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.

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 Appetizer on baking dish with scooper to the side

Use A Cookie Scoop

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.


Hand reaching for a spinach Ball


Even if you are a little apprehensive about this recipe – I hope you’ll try it.  I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised just like I was!  After you make them, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave us a comment below. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to see what else we’re getting up to!

5 from 1 vote
Spinach Balls Appetizer With Mustard Dipping Sauce
Spinach Balls Appetizer 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
Spinach Balls
  • 2 10 oz packages of frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
  • 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
Spinach Balls
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and mix together using clean hands.
  3. Form into 1 to 1.5 inch balls.
  4. Please them on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes 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 Appetizer 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. 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 :)

  2. 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