Bacon Spinach Balls

5 from 2 votes

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three bacon spinach balls.

The holidays are upon us.  The new year is but a handful of days away and our children are reveling in the midst of their dozen or so days of school vacation.  At home, we are ever so slowly putting the living areas of the house back into order, taking care not to erase the moment of the holidays with too much haste.  Throughout, our kitchen remains the nucleus of our house and still being in the holidays mode, I threw something new together.  As appetizers to ring in the new year, or for any occasion, these spinach balls are sure to please everyone.

A close up of a few bacon spinach balls.

A week or so ago, my sister and I were exchanging phone photos some 1,200 miles apart from one another.  If you have read any of my previous posts, you may recall mention of my sister Kathy.  She’s the chef.  She’s the creative one.  From the photos my sister sent, I could see some delicious-appearing breads, some rugula, and a tray full of spinach balls.

I’d never heard of spinach balls and after some discussion with my sis, I became further intrigued.  I started to read of different preparations of these meatball-size rounds of goodness.  They are easy to make with or without meat and in essence, can be made with a combination of anything that pairs favorably with spinach.  I put these together with a little chopped bacon and served with some ginger-poppy seed salad dressing.

three bacon spinach balls with dip.

In addition to spinach, the base of this appetizer is held together by egg, breadcrumbs, and some grated cheese.  I think these taste best when warm but they are very edible at room temperature as well.  We stashed a few of these away in our freezer in a zip-lock bag, to find out how they taste after being frozen and thawed.  (We’ll get back to you on that one!) In the mean time, grab a box of frozen chopped spinach, some of your favorite salad dressing or dipping sauce, then get the ball rolling!

A close up of a bacon spinach ball with dip.

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Bacon Spinach Balls

5 from 2 votes
A Platter Talk Exclusive
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 10 oz. of chopped frozen spinach
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 square inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 shallot, minced and lightly sauteed in butter
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, baked or fried crispy


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Thaw and thoroughly drain spinach, then place in medium-size mixing bowl.
  • In small food processor, combine all ingredients except eggs and breadcrumbs.
  • Pulse process until all ingredients are completely chopped.
  • Add eggs, breadrumbs, and ingredients from food processor to spinach, stir to mix completely.
  • Using hand, from mixture into meatball-size portions, place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, serve warm with warmed salad dressing or dipping sauce.


Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 261mg, Potassium: 248mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3451IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 126mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. This is sounds amazing and delicious spinach recipe. Love the dipping and the flavor combination

  2. I’ve never heard of spinach balls before, but they sound delicious! I mean, I like other veggie-based fritters, so why not spinach balls? And of course, adding bacon is just the icing on the cake!

  3. wow, what a great idea…
    i guess this recipe made me not feeling guilty to diggin bacon then,
    beautifully photographed too!

    1. Thank you for your comments. I’m happy to have taken away some of your bacon guilt! Happy New Year to you!

  4. Spinach, cheese and bacon – oh yum!
    I have to second Joanne – these would be awesome apps for New Year’s! Thanks for sharin Dan – Happy New Year!

    1. Shahsi,
      I think you and Joanne are both right, but no need to wait till New Years for this one! Thanks so much for the comments, wishing you the best in the new year!

    1. Joanne,
      I’m thinking you’re right! Thanks for the comments, and best wishies in the new year to you and your family!