Spinach Stuffing Balls a ‘Throwback’ Recipe

Spinach Balls - 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!

Throwback Thursday Recipe

 Today I’m going to give you a ‘throwback recipe’…because it’s Thursday. Get it?
I’ve been thinking about my early days as a mom recently, perhaps it’s because several of my friends are just starting to have babies or maybe it’s because my own children are no longer ‘little ones’. Back in the day, let’s say 20 years back, there was no Google.  Any sort of parenting advice that I received came from my mother, books, or my network of mom friends.
 
Spinach Balls - A bowl full of stuffing mixture dotted with spinach.
 

Pre-Blogging Busy Momma

The same went for cooking. In my younger days as a university student mom our meals were simple. I sometimes relied on pre packaged ingredients.  What can I say? As a cash strapped, naïve, ‘just off the farm’ young mom with little time to cook, packaged food was awfully convenient. We ate a lot of canned soup, zoodles, hot dogs, and mac ‘n’ cheese. I balanced our diets with a salad or fruit. I wasn’t completely clueless. On the weekends I had a bit more time to experiment and often made muffins, lasagna, and always a roast beef for dinner.
 

Spinach Stuffing Balls Make a Great Side Dish

I remember looking for an easy side dish for a Thanksgiving feast one year. My parents were driving the two hours to visit us for a special meal in our tiny apartment in Saskatoon. I wanted something a bit different than the usual mashed potatoes, carrots, and stuffing to go with the turkey. Also, sneaking spinach into something yummy and hand held was an important part of my repertoire as the mom of a young toddler. I think I must have found this recipe on the side of the stuffing box, but I’m not quite sure.
 
Spinach Balls - Stuffing balls dotted with spinach on a baking sheet.
 

Return of the Spinach Stuffing Balls

I made these stuffing balls again recently for a large family get together and my son’s fiancée begged to take the leftovers home. It’s been so long since I’ve made them I wasn’t sure if they were still relevant in our house in the present day, but they were still quite popular. The next time I make them I will play around a bit with the seasoning as I found them incredibly salty. I think that this is one of those dishes that can easily be converted by using quality whole food ingredients instead of pre-packaged nonsense.
 
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Yield: 8 servings

Spinach Stuffing Balls

Spinach Stuffing Balls

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*
  • 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 into 1-1/2-in. balls; place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
    5. 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: 255 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 181mg Sodium: 560mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.
 
 
 

17 comments

  1. Darie's Daily Dish

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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

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