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Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls

Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls

This versatile vegetarian dish, sent in by one of our readers, is perfect for the cooler mid-week meals of autumn and winter. Enjoy this baked spinach and cheese balls recipe till your heart's content!

Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls

Makes approx 20

120g spinach leaves

20g butter

1 medium brown onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

150g button mushrooms, diced

1 cup fresh gluten-free breadcrumbs

200g plain cottage cheese

1 egg, whisked

1 cup grated tasty cheese

0g savoury flavoured chopped tomatoes (Italian or Moroccan flavour)

410g can tomato puree

½ cup grated tasty cheese, extra

1.Preheat oven to 180˚C. Wash spinach and place into a bowl. Cover with boiling water and stand for 1 minute or until just wilted. Drain and plunge into icy-cold water. Drain. Using your hands, squeeze as much water as possible from spinach. Finely chop.

2.Heat butter in a non-stick frying 
pan over a medium heat. When butter is melted, add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are beginning to brown. Transfer to a large bowl and cool.

3.Add spinach, breadcrumbs, cottage cheese, egg, tasty cheese, salt and pepper to onion mixture. Stir until well combined.

4.Pour chopped tomatoes and tomato puree into a baking dish. Roll vegetable mixture into golf-ball-size balls and place onto tomato base.

5.Sprinkle with extra cheese. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden.

Tip: Instead of chopped tomatoes 
and tomato puree, you could use 
Italian-flavoured tomato sauce.   

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5 Comments on Baked Spinach and Cheese Balls

  • Manddevans
    February 24, 2014 12:45 pm

    Love the look of your baked spinach dish can’t wait to try it

  • Emnz
    February 25, 2014 7:04 pm

    Any ideas what I can use instead of shrooms? We can’t eat them

    • Mariam Digges
      February 27, 2014 8:25 am

      Hi Emnz, you can substitute with any chosen veg! Zucchini would work well. Enjoy! Mariam, MiNDFOOD.

  • Caroline
    May 28, 2014 6:05 am

    Yummy, family will love this, thank you.

  • Olivia
    May 28, 2014 6:06 am

    I’ve made this a few times now – cheap to make, healthy & tasty. One of my favorite dinners!

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