Spinach-Cheese Balls with Pasta Sauce

An electric deep fryer can be used to fry these flavor-packed appetizer balls.

  • prep time 60 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 20

Ingredients

1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach
1
egg, beaten
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon onion powder
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
cup sour cream
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
2
cups Pillsbury BEST® all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil for deep frying
3/4
cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
1
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic garden vegetable pasta sauce, heated
  • 1 Remove frozen spinach from pouch; place in colander. Rinse with warm water until thawed; drain well. Squeeze spinach dry with paper towel.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix egg, both cheeses, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, sour cream, oil and ricotta cheese until well blended. Add spinach to cheese mixture; mix well. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until well blended.
  • 3 Fill 10-inch skillet half full with oil; heat over medium heat until candy/deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F. (Or use deep fryer; add oil to fill line and heat to 350°F.)
  • 4 Meanwhile, place bread crumbs in small bowl. Shape spinach-cheese mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 40), using about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each; roll in bread crumbs and place on cookie sheet.
  • 5 Fry 6 balls at a time 4 to 6 minutes, turning as necessary, until golden brown. With slotted spoon, remove balls from skillet; place on paper towels to drain. Cool 2 minutes before serving; serve with warm pasta sauce for dipping.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    220
    (
    Calories from Fat
    110),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    12g
    12%
    (Saturated Fat
    4 1/2g,
    4 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    30mg
    30%;
    Sodium
    450mg
    450%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    18g
    18%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    2g
    2%
    ),
    Protein
    9g
    9%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    30%;
    Vitamin C
    2%;
    Calcium
    20%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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