Strange Inspiration

March 6, 2011

We had some friends over a few weeks ago.

Really great friends that we love.  And as most of us do when we have company, we also watched some television.  A new show on the Cooking Channel actually.

Have you seen this show called Extra Virgin?  It’s a total train wreck staring Debi Mazar and her husband.  One of the recipes that they made was spinach gnocchi.  My friend and I were really excited to see them make gnocchi.  I’ve been wanting to go over to my Italian neighbor’s house to make some.  Gnocchi is a small dumpling usually made with potato. 

These were not gnocchi and they seemed really bland, but they inspired me to make these awesome spinach balls.

Spinach Balls

  • 2 lbs Fresh Spinach
  • 32 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 C Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Green Onion, diced
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 C Bread Crumbs

Clean the spinach thoroughly, cut the stems off and dice.  In a saute pan, add some olive oil, garlic and green onion.  Saute until tender.  Add the spinach and continue to saute until wilted.  Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, add the ricotta, parmesan and egg.  Mix in the sauted spinach.  Slowly add one cup of bread crumbs.  Add enough to bind the mixture together and absorb the liquid from the spinach.  Form into golf ball sized balls and roll in the remaining bread crumbs.  Place in a casserole dish that has been lightly oiled with olive oil.  Sprinkle with a small amount of parmesan cheese.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, and then put under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

I served these with meatballs, sauce and mostaccioli.  You can serve these with whatever you like.

The recipe makes about 24-30 balls and they can also be served as an appetizer with your favorite marinara.

One comment

  1. […] sandwich is twisted because I used the spinach balls inside.  They were a perfect addition to the sandwich and easy to work with.  So simple, yet so […]

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