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Feta and Spinach Stuffing Balls (So Easy!)

Store-bought stuffing cubes are transformed into a simple appetizer recipe with great flavor in this Spinach Stuffing Balls recipe! A great addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas party! These spinach balls are sure to be a huge hit with your guests, and you’ll love how easy they are to prepare!

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Creating This Stuffing Balls Recipe

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 first time 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 delicious appetizer that not only do I like to eat but is also 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.

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Tools Needed to Make Spinach Balls

You’ll need a few kitchen tools to prepare this great appetizer recipe. I recommend the following:

  • Cutting Board and Knife – to chop the spinach.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – to measure the simple ingredients in this recipe
  • Wire Whisk – to beat the eggs.
  • Large Mixing Bowl – to combine the ingredients for this appetizer recipe.
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula – to combine the spinach mixture.
  • Parchment Paper – to line the baking tray.
  • Small Cookie Scoop – to scoop the spinach mixture and form 1-inch balls.
  • Sheet Pan – to bake the spinach bites on.
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Spinach Stuffing Balls Ingredients

For this simple stuffing balls recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Dried Stuffing Cubes
  • Water
  • Melted Butter
  • Eggs
  • Frozen Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Dried Oregano
  • Feta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Pepper

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

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How to Make Spinach Stuffing Balls

If you’ve never made stuffing balls before, you’re in for a treat! They’re very easy to make but are an impressive appetizer.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, water, and butter. Stir until well combined.
  2. Whisk the eggs and stir in chopped spinach. Set aside.
  3. In a saute pan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and saute until golden and tender.
  4. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute for another 3 minutes.
  5. Turn heat off and transfer the onion mixture to the stuffing mixture. Also add the thyme leaves and feta.
  6. Shape into 50 to 60 one-inch balls. Divide the unbaked balls between two parchment paper-lined cookie sheets or one large cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve warm.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

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Can This Recipe Be Prepared in Advance?

Yes, you can stir together and roll the stuffing mixture into balls, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge up to 24 hours before you bake them.

I do not recommend baking the spinach stuffing balls ahead of time, as they taste best fresh.

Can I Make Gluten-Free Spinach Balls?

Yes! To make gluten free spinach balls, simply substitute your favorite gluten-free stuffing mix when preparing this recipe.

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Tips for Making Stuffing and Spinach Balls

  • You shouldn’t need to break up the stuffing cubes before making this recipe. My stuffing cubes were already quite small, and I imagine yours will be too.
  • Be sure to thaw the frozen spinach beforehand and wring out any excess moisture between layers of paper towels. Take your time with this, excess liquid will cause the spinach and stuffing mixture to be watery.
  • I don’t recommend using fresh spinach unless you sauté it first, let it cool, and then squeeze out all of the moisture.
  • Finely chop the onion and mushrooms so you don’t have big chunks of onions and mushroom in the feta and parmesan spinach balls
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How to Serve these Spinach Stuffing Balls

I like to serve the spinach stuffing balls with appetizer toothpicks for easier, more hygienic serving.

You can also serve them with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

Can You Freeze this Recipe for Spinach and Stuffing Balls

Yes! This spinach balls recipe can be frozen before baking. Follow the same method that I use for how to freeze cookie dough when you freeze this recipe.

When you plan to serve the recipe, take the spinach stuffing balls out of the freezer and thaw on a baking tray at room temperature before baking.

Bake as the recipe instructs.

How to Store Leftover Spinach Stuffing Balls

Leftovers should be cooled completely before transferring to the refrigerator. They’re best stored in an airtight container. Reheat in a warm oven.

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Try this Easy Spinach Balls Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for a great recipe to use for a party appetizer, give this recipe for Spinach Balls a try!

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In this Greek Puff Pastry Appetizer, puff pastry shells are baked and filled with a mixture of kalamata olives, red bell pepper, fresh oregano, feta, and spinach with a warm lemony olive oil vinaigrette.

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Feta and Spinach Stuffing Balls

Yield: 50 - 60 balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Store-bought stuffing cubes are transformed into an easy but impressive appetizer in this Spinach Stuffing Balls recipe! Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 ounces Dried Stuffing Cubes
  • 1 1/3 cups Hot Water or Chicken Broth
  • 6 tablespoons Salted Butter, melted
  • 4 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 20 ounces Frozen 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 Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, water, and butter. Stir until well combined.
  3. After you have squeezed dry the spinach, chop it up even more than it was in the package so it isn't stringy.
  4. Whisk the eggs, then add to the stuffing mixture along with the chopped spinach. Stir to combine.
  5. In a saute pan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the onion and saute until golden and tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute for another 3 minutes.
  7. Turn heat off and transfer the onion mixture to the stuffing mixture. Also add the dried oregano, pepper, feta, and parmesan. Stir until evenly mixed.
  8. Shape into 50 - 60 one inch balls. Place on 2 parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 - 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve warm.

Notes

How to Freeze Spinach and Stuffing Balls

Follow the same method that I use for how to freeze cookie dough when you freeze this recipe.

When you plant to serve the recipe, take the spinach stuffing balls out of the freezer and thaw on a baking tray at room temperature before baking. Bake as the recipe instructs.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 50 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 43Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 22mgSodium 110mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 2g

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Lynn Pelkey

Sunday 21st of April 2013

Regarding the Spinach Feta Stuffing Balls, the recipe calls for 6-1/2 ounces dried stuffing cubes. My question is, "Should the stuffing cubes be crushed? Thanks

Katie

Thursday 25th of April 2013

My stuffing cubes were pretty small in the bag. If they are large you can break them up but not completely crushed like breadcrumbs.

Rachel

Wednesday 21st of December 2011

Yum! I love spinach balls, but never had them with feta! Definitely have to try that!

Pam

Sunday 11th of December 2011

Feta and spinach in pastry shell were always one of the Rare ways I could get my kid to eat spinach when he was young. Yummy!

Anne

Saturday 10th of December 2011

I created this recipe for a friends' dinner at my house and now it's often requested. Spring Salad with Feta Cheese Spring salad mix (fresh arugula & spinach leaves) Bosc pear Candied walnuts Feta cheese Dried cranberries or fresh raspberries Vinaigrette (my favorite is blush wine Brianna's brand) Rinse off lettuce and spin dry. Cut pear into slivvers. Lightly toss all ingredients together and serve with vinaigrette.

Yum!

jacquie

Friday 9th of December 2011

not a recipe exactly but i do love love feta on a salad of mixed greens, a few cranberries &/or maderian oranges, a sprinkling of curtons and a bit of dressing. so good - any time of year.

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