A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark…

3 more days and Thanksgiving will be here!  I know most of the emphasis is on the main course and desserts, but let’s not forget about the appetizers, it’s the warm up to the meal. Also let’s be honest, are you ever done cooking by the time you say you will be? I know I’m not. Every year I still need at least another 30 minutes to whip the mashed potatoes, set the table, maybe check the mirror to make sure I look presentable, etc. A 30 minute wait time with my starving loved ones pacing around me feels like an eternity and carries a lot of pressure. This year avoid the death stares,  appease their hungry stomachs, and buy yourself a little more time by making an appetizer that packs a powerful punch like my Spinach Parmesan Poppers!

I first came across this recipe when I watched an episode of the Hearty Boys on the Food Network a couple years ago. Overtime, like most recipes, I started to tweak it to my liking and came up with my own version. I hope you enjoy!

Spinach Parmesan Poppers

Yields: Approximately 30 poppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. package of frozen chopped spinach thawed
  • 1 large Sweet Onion diced
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh Thyme leaves, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Italian Parsley leaves, chopped finely
  • 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter plus 2 Tb, melted
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray (or use Sil Pads)
  3. Whisk eggs in the bottom of a large mixing bowl
  4. Add all ingredients to the mixing bowl with eggs then mix well by hand
  5. Form into 1 inch balls by hand and place each piece about 1 inch apart on baking sheet
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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3 Comments on “A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark…”

  1. G
    November 19, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Can I substitute almond flour in place of the bread crumbs and ghee in place of the butter?

    • November 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      Hi G, fantastic question, I haven’t tried this recipe with the Almond Flour but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I’d suggest using a more coarser almond flour to experiment with though, Trader Joes has a good one. Regarding ghee, I have never worked with that product before. My suggestion based off my experience is to use either an organic shortening or extra virgin oil as a substitute for the butter. If using shortening or olive oil as a butter substitute try only using 1/4 Cup at first then add if needed, the goal is to have enough moisture to clump the poppers together and not too much to make them a mushy soggy mess. Hope this helps! 🙂

      • G
        November 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

        Thanks Amy – I will keep you posted as to how they turn out. I’m extremely excited to try these – as I was in need of one more app for Turkey Day!!!

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