Aunt Lil's Spinach Balls

Recipe by karen

This was my Great Aunt Lil's recipe, and I've been eating them at family dinners my entire life. All the children in my family eat spinach...and they all start with this recipe. They can also be made a little smaller and served with toothpicks for an appetizer. In my family, this is normally a vegetable side dish. It's a little messy, so make this in advance and reheat when ready to serve.

Top Review by lucid501

I really enjoyed these. They were quick and pretty easy to make, even though a little messy. I made just as posted, but next time I would spice them up a bit more with some fresh garlic and maybe some minced onion, or perhaps serve with various dipping sauces. Thanks for posting Karen!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the spinach in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes on high or until thawed. Drain and squeeze out excess liquid (I put the spinach in a colander and then use a spoon to press out the liquid).
  2. If using the mushrooms or onions, saute them in bit of oil until translucent. Drain all liquid.
  3. In a large bowl, combine spinach, butter, salt, 1 egg, garlic and 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Mix well.
  4. Make balls from spinach mixture by taking a small amount of spinach and rolling in your hands. Make the balls 1 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter. Wet your hands under running cold water as you make the balls to keep the spinach from sticking to your hands (you'll need to rewet them a couple of times).
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1 beaten egg and 1/4 cup water. Beat well. In another small bowl, place approximately 1 cup bread crumbs.
  6. Roll each spinach ball in the bread crumbs, then the egg/water mixture, then in the bread crumbs again. Add more water to the egg if you start to run out before you finish them all.
  7. In a large skillet, fry the spinach balls in butter until all sides are lightly browned. Use 1-2 tablespoons of butter for each batch of balls, leaving enough room in the pan to move them around so they can be well browned.
  8. Place in a 9 x 11 baking dish or another similar dish with low sides. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Before serving, heat thawed spinach balls for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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