Spinach Balls

from Candy Longyear:

Ingredients

  • 6 cup fresh spinach leaves trimmed, washed (230 g) see note for frozen/cooked spinach

  • 3 cup boiling water

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (60g) – I used Cheddar, use grated parmesan or grated emmental for more cheese flavor

  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs of your choice, finely chopped I used cilantro

  • 1 cup Gluten Free Panko Crumbs (75 g)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to  350 F (180 C).

    2. Trim and wash the fresh spinach leaves.

    3. Place the leaves in a large mixing bowl and over with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes.

    4. Rinse the spinach with cold tap water. Drain using your hands to squeeze all the remaining water. You should obtain about 2/3 cup (160 g) of packed cooked spinach leaves. If you are using frozen spinach, defrost and measure this quantity.

    5. Place on a chop board and finely chop the cooked spinach. Transfer into a mixing bowl.

    6. Add eggs, cheese, herbs and panko gluten free crumbs. You can also add salt and pepper if your cheese is not very salty. I did not add salt.

    7. Combine with a spoon or your hands, until it forms a batter from which you are able to form balls with your hands or use a small cookie scoop maker to avoid the mess

    8. If too moist add slightly more crumb until easy to roll as ball with your hands palms.

    9. Place the balls on a non-stick cookie tray covered with baking paper.

    10. Bake at 350F (180C) for 15-20 minutes or until golden on the top.

    11. Serve immediately or cold in luchboxes.

    12. Serve with dips of your choice like pesto, hummus or homemade ketchup.

    Recipe Notes

    Spinach measurement :  you need about 6 cups of fresh spinach. It makes about 2/3 cup (160 g) of cooked, squeezed and packed spinach. It is ok to use frozen spinach as soon as you have 2/3 cup cooked, squeezed, packed spinach.

    Cheese options: you can replace grated cheddar but mozzarella, parmesan, colby, emmental or any hard grated cheese you love.

    Herbs options: those spinach balls are very tasty with fresh parsley, dill or basil. Use your favorite herb or mix it!

Sweet Delicata Squash

I eat these like toast when delicata are in season. I have to bake 4 at a time, or I run out too quickly.

Cut delicatas in half, scoop out seeds and put cut side down on cookie sheet.

Cook in 350F oven until they squish when you poke them, about 30-45 min.

That’s about it. They are so sweet and vanilla-custardy, I just munch them down. I have also put my baked apples in them, put them in my morning yogurt, or sprinkle cinnamon on them. The seeds are nice toasted too. I toss them with olive oil and rosemary, salt and pepper and put them on another cookie sheet next to the squash. keep an eye on them – they burn. Listen for the popping sounds – then stir them and do it again.