Great Balls of (Spinach) Fire!
I have been making copious amounts of treats for parties I've been attending because there's no guarantee I have anything to eat... thus, I bring with me some delicious items that I don't mind scarfing down if no one else wants to share. I got the idea to try spinach balls and now I'm on batch three in less than a week.
My boyfriend is not a fan of fake meat so I tend to not put it in recipes he might be sharing. I can eat all the fake meat I want on my own time. To sub for something with a little meaty bite I usually go for mushrooms and this was no exception. Shiitake mushrooms took the place of a fake meat and with the Italian seasoning and garlic, it went perfectly with the stuffing and bitterness of the spinach.
Below is my very easy, almost impossible to mess up recipe for spinach balls!
- 2 blocks of frozen chopped spinach
- 6 oz dried stuffing mix of your choice
- 3 Tbs vegan butter
- 10 oz shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 Tbs chopped garlic
- 4 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
(*Note, the pictures I took of them were from an attempt to make a pan of them and cut them into rectangles. They tasted great but the balls are better. More outside crisp.)
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350. Thaw frozen spinach in a bowl of hot water or over the stove. Use paper towels to press some water out when fully thawed. Put chia seeds into a glass and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir to allow chia seeds to absorb water.
Step 2: Melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and sauté until onions are translucent. Then add garlic and mushrooms and continue to sauté for another 3-4 minutes. During this time add salt and pepper ( I did about 1/2 tbs salt and 1 tsp pepper)
Step 3: Add in spinach and chia seed/water mixture and stir until incorporated. Add in stuffing mixture and stir until stuffing is well covered in wet ingredients. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Roll into balls or evenly spread into a tray. I was able to make 40 balls out of this recipe. Cook 15 minutes for spinach balls, or 25 minutes for tray version. The tray version can be cut in squares after and would be great with potatoes or with cream cheese on a sandwich. Delish!
Nutritional Information: Serving size 3 balls. Calories 103, Fat 3.8 g, Fiber 0.8 g, Protein 1.6 g, Carbohydrates 13.2 g