Spinach Stuffing Balls a ‘Throwback’ Recipe

A bowl full of baked stuffing balls dotted with spinach.

Spinach Stuffing Balls are a great make ahead side dish for your holiday dinner. Warm them up while the turkey is being carved then enjoy!

Make ahead side dishes are an absolute lifesaver during the holidays. Use the search feature on the blog (type in Thanksgiving) and you’ll find several options.

Our favourites are these Stuffing Balls and Braised German Red Cabbage. Of course, a generous bowl of Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes is an absolute must have on the holiday table.

Spinach Stuffing Balls

I classify these Spinach Stuffing balls as a ‘throwback recipe’ or Vintage recipe because they have been a part of my holiday dinner table for decades.

Our family LOVES stuffing. They always request this side in addition to the stuffing that is already in the turkey. The worst thing ever is to run out of stuffing at a turkey dinner!

These savoury stuffing balls are loaded with classic stuffing flavours that everyone loves, such as sage and poultry seasoning. They have a perfect crusty outer layer and a tender, moist interior.

A bowl full of stuffing mixture dotted with spinach.

However they differ from classic stuffing because they contain grated Parmesan, eggs, and chopped spinach.

Ingredients

  • bread cubes
  • spinach
  • eggs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Butter
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper

While I generally promote and encourage from-scratch cooking, I make an exception for this recipe. Yes, I use packaged stovetop stuffing mix!

You can crumble and dry out your own bread cubes but the stuffing mix has the perfect size of very small bread cubes. If you can find them somewhere else, feel free to use them.

It used to be that the seasoning would come in a separate package alongside the bread cubes. I would just toss it and season it myself. Now, the cubes are already seasoned so you may not even need to use salt, pepper, or poultry seasoning.

Stuffing balls dotted with spinach on a baking sheet.

Frozen Chopped Spinach is a lifesaver! I keep a package in the freezer at all times and it is perfect for adding to this recipe and others. Frozen kale will work in a pinch.

Parmesan Cheese. So worth it to get the real deal and use a fine grater for best results. Again, if you only have the packaged stuff, use that in the recipe.

How to Make Spinach Stuffing Balls

If you can make a meatball, you can make these stuffing balls! Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F.

Next, crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. and beat them with a whisk for a minute or two before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Using your hands, form the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Feel free to moisten your hands with some water to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Arrange the balls on the baking rack and bake for 12-15 minutes or just until they begin to turn colour.

Make Ahead and Reheat this Side Dish

As mentioned, this is the perfect side dish to make ahead of the big day. Simply allow the Spinach Balls to cool to room temperature after baking.

Then, place them all in a freezer bag or air tight container. Refrigerate for 4-5 days or freeze until needed.

To reheat from frozen, allow to thaw overnight in the fridge. Then, reheat them in a covered casserole dish at 350 F as the turkey is being carved.

A bowl full of baked stuffing balls dotted with spinach.

Delicious Stuffing Ball Variations

Spinach and Parmesan Cheese are delicious in these stuffing balls but there are many ways to change the flavour combination.

Go Greek! Try adding feta cheese, oregano, garlic and lemon zest.

How about Italian…I’m thinking Pecorino with sun dried tomatoes and basil!

Go Swiss! Smoked gouda and mushrooms maybe?

Or…change it up by adding a bit of sausage meat, some shredded cheddar and parsley.

The possibilities are endless. What flavour combinations can you think of?

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Yield: 8 servings

Spinach Stuffing Balls

A bowl full of baked stuffing balls dotted with spinach.

Spinach Stuffing Balls are easy to make ahead of time and warm up in a jiffy while the turkey is being carved. It's one of our family's favourite holiday side dishes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 oz. pkg. stuffing mix* or 2 cups very tiny dried bread cubes
  • 1/2 cup butter (use unsalted if using a stuffing mix), melted
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, combine eggs, stuffing mix, butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
    2. Add spinach; mix well.
    3. Shape mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls.
    4. Arrange each ball on a baking rack over a baking sheet.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
    6. Can be frozen ahead of the big meal. Just thaw and re-heat as you carve the turkey.

Notes

* You could use regular dried bread cubes here, but do use small cubes and not crumbs or torn dried bread. I think it works better for the texture and appeal. If you are using plain bread crumbs and not the stuffing mix, add regular spices as you would in your stuffing mix (Sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 255Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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26 comments

  1. Darie's Daily Dish

    These look great,,, I’ve never heard of them,,, pretty too!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you Darie. I like that you can make them ahead of time and they re heat really easy. I put them back in the oven while hubby was carving the turkey and they were perfect when he was finished.

      Reply

  2. chef mimi

    These really look good! My husband was a vegetarian for years, so I got very creative making meatballs like these, meatloaf, and burgers, all with veggies and lots of beans! They were really good!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you mimi! they are great and just need a little tweaking to make them healthier 🙂 It’s on ‘the list’.

      Reply

  3. Melanie @ Bon Appét'Eat

    This is such a great idea and they look really good! Very creative!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Melanie, they’re a family fave!

      Reply

  4. Terri

    Oh those pre-google recipe days, hey? I am still digging out recipe cards I got from my mother-in-law etc… and posting them. I love these, Bernice! They’re so fun and different, but you get the healthy spinach as a bonus!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Haha, we did what we had to do, right?! These really are a family fave, they are requested every holiday!

      Reply

  5. Linsey

    Do you bake them, cool them, then freeze them? Or freeze them before you cook them?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, I bake them then cool and freeze. Take them out to thaw when you start roasting your turkey.

      Reply

  6. Jessica

    Are we supposed to cook the stuffing mix first or mix it totally dry and hard?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Jessica, you mix it all together uncooked. It gets softened by the butter. As you mix, it should come together. If not, sprinkle a bit of water into the mixture.

      Reply

      1. Jessica

        Thank you so much!

        Reply

  7. Angie

    Do you use like a stove top stuffing mix?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      yes! I have made it from scratch but I really like the size of the bread in the stuffing mix for this recipe.

      Reply

  8. Lily Flowers

    Can you substitute the frozen spinach for fresh spinach?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Sure you can! I do it all the time. Just make sure it’s thawed and all the water is squeezed out of it first. 1/2-2/3 cup packed squeezed dry spinach should be good.

      Reply

  9. Libby Nolan

    These were a huge hit with my family at Thanksgiving dinner. One suggestion is something that I tried was make turkey gravy to dip them in. Delish.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s exactly how we eat them! Thanks for giving them a try Libby.

      Reply

  10. Cindy

    I love these. My Mother In Law has made them for years, one of my favorites. Her recipe is the same except she adds 1 large grated onion.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s a great idea…grating it would make it fine enough to cook through.

      Reply

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  13. Kirsten

    These sound great! Bought all ingredients to double the recipe (16 balls) – my question is whether I’d need to adjust cooking times?

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Kirsten. No, as long as you are making the balls the same size as per the recipe they should take the same time.

      Reply

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