Typically I’m not much of an appetizer person. I’d rather bring a dessert to a Holiday potluck because that’s just more my style. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love to whip up desserts around the holidays.
From the moment I tried these Spinach Stuffing Balls when I was over at my friend Allison’s before Thanksgiving I was a fan. What’s not to love? Spinach, stuffing, herbs, butter and cheese all rolled up in a little ball? I think I found an appetizer that not only do I like to eat – but is a cinch to make!
I did some searching online and found several versions of these fun Spinach Stuffing Balls. I tweaked a few things until I felt that the recipe was perfect. One of those tweaks was to include feta cheese in the mix.
I love feta. I often have it in my fridge even if I don’t have plans to make anything in particular. Feta is a great all purpose cheese and I love the flavor that it can add to the simplest of dishes.
Join Jamie and me this week in sharing your recipes for your Favorite Feta Recipes for a chance to win a great gift basket from Athenos Feta.
Athenos has a great selection of feta cheeses. I love to use their feta in many of my recipes, such as: Black Bean Breakfast Burritos, Greek Puff Pastry Appetizers with Kalamata Olives, and Roasted Potato and Spinach Frittata with Feta.
Now, we want to know what your favorite way to use feta is, so join in on the fun and link up your recipe for a chance to win! Make sure you check out Jamie’s Feta Cheese Ball.
Spinach Feta Stuffing Balls
Yield: 50 - 60 balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
6 1/2 ounces dried stuffing cubes
1 1/3 cups hot water
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
20 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves
1 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, water, and butter. Stir until well combined. After you have squeezed dry the spinach, chop it up even more than it was in the package so it isn't stringy. Add eggs and spinach. Stir to combine. Set aside.
In a saute pan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and saute until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute for another 3 minutes. Turn heat off and transfer the onion mixture to the spinach mixture. Also add the thyme leaves and feta. Stir until evenly mixed.
Shape into 50 - 60 one inch balls. Place on 2 parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve warm.
How To Participate
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- Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring FETA.
- Include “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Athenos.” in your blog post.
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- More detailed info are available here.
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Athenos Feta Gift Basket valued at $150
- Serving Platter
- Serving Utensil Set
- 5 FREE coupons for Athenos Feta
- $50 Visa, Amazon, or Crate and Barrel Gift Card
Prizes provided by Athenos.