Looking for an easy recipe that’s perfect to make ahead and freeze until needed? Here’s a delicious appetizer – Spinach Poppers Recipe.
I have a lot of appetizers in my repertoire that I love to make on a regular bases and I can honestly say that these spinach poppers are always at the ready. Being that they’re so easy to put together and then can be frozen for up to 6 months, I always have them on hand.
What I found when working on this recipe testing, is that spinach and Gruyere cheese go together perfectly, making these little bites even more delish. I tested a few different cheeses, from cheddar, to Gouda and even a pepper jack; the recipe was missing the flavor that would put these apps over the top. By adding the Gruyere, these little bites left everyone wanting another one, and another one.
The best part – they pop right in the mouth, so no worry of getting caught with spinach stuck in your teeth. Make ahead and freeze is the name of the game with these, with a thaw time of less than 30 minutes, along with a quick warm up in the oven.
Done and done.
Spinach poppers are a crowd pleaser, and absolutely make for a delicious appetizer for your next cocktail party, and even would be perfect to serve anytime!
Table of Contents
Delicious Appetizer – Spinach Poppers Recipe
- food processor
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- pinch ground black pepper
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
- 1 1/4 cups bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg beaten
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place frozen spinach in a strainer and thaw. If pressed for time, run under hot water until thawed.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, use a rubber spatula and press all of the liquid out of the spinach until the spinach is dry.
- Put the spinach in the food processor. Add the onion, breadcrumbs, Gruyere, parmesan, egg and butter. Process until completely combined and smooth.
- Form the spinach mixture into 1-inch spheres. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake until hot and lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Do not overcook or they will get dry.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- To make ahead: The spinach poppers can be prepared and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance or frozen up to 1 week in advance. Let thaw before baking.
Another Make Ahead Appetizer
Looking for another make ahead appetizer? This recipe is by far one of my most popular. Truly delicious!! Click HERE for the recipe.