Friday, January 6, 2012

Healthy Appetizer: Spinach-Cheese Balls

When I'm invited to a party or get-together and I'm asked to bring food to share, I always like to make something healthy. However, I've had some ideas that I thought would be good and they were real bombs. Healthy food should taste good!

I finally found a winner of an appetizer. And even though it calls for biscuit mix, I made it a tad better by making my own with unbleached/unenriched flour. Even small little changes like that can improve the health factor of a recipe without losing any flavor.

A favorite appetizer around these parts is a sausage-cheese ball, and this is the same thing only with spinach. I don't have anything against sausage, I was just trying to offer a somewhat healthier appetizer option at the party. They were a hit! And you can easily double this recipe for a larger crowd.

Spinach-Cheese Balls

Spinach-Cheese Balls

1 box frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1 cup biscuit mix (homemade or boxed)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a pinch of salt
tomato sauce for dipping (optional)

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, except tomato sauce. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; place on cookie sheet.

2. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.

Makes about 30 balls.

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