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Spinach Balls Recipe:
• 2 (10-ounce) packages spinach (frozen, chopped)
• 3/4 cup butter (softened)
• 2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs
• 1 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
• 4 large eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (or to taste)
• Optional: 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (seasoned or plain)
• Optional: 2 tablespoons onions (finely minced)
• Optional: 4 tablespoons chopped pecans, pine nuts, or walnuts.
• Optional: 1/4 cup red bell pepper (finely chopped)
• Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Directions: Cook the spinach following the package directions. Drain it in a colander, pressing with the help of a bowl or big cooking spoon to squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible. Drained cooked spinach in a colander. In a large bowl, combine the warm spinach with the softened butter. Add the stuffing crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and minced onions. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste, plus the nutmeg. Be mindful that stuffing crumbs already have salt in them so go light at first and check the seasoning again right before baking. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs lightly and add them to the spinach mixture. Combine thoroughly and chill the mixture for about 30 minutes, covered. Preheat the oven to 350 F. While the mixture chills, line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick cooking or baking spray. If using, put the fine dry breadcrumbs in a plate or bowl. Once the mixture is cool, use a rounded teaspoon or small cookie scoop and shape the spinach mixture into small balls. If the mixture is sticking to your hands, dampen them with cold water as you work. Roll each ball in the breadcrumbs until it's lightly coated and place it on the baking sheet, leaving about 1/2-inch of space in between. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until they feel firm to the touch. If you're serving them as an appetizer, you can keep them warm on a warming tray, or in a buffet server, chafing dish, or slow cooker.