Italian Appetisers

How to make Italian spinach balls

Are you looking for a great and simple “antipasto” or a light, vegetarian main course? Then this old-fashioned Italian spinach balls is right for you.

The Italian recipes are full of this kind of delicious dishes, and what are we about to present today is indeed a wealthy example of Italian cuisine.

If you are rushing away, you can use frozen spinach, but if you got time please consider to use fresh spinach!

And a little mozzarella into each spinach ball before being fried will help too.


  • 1 pound frozen spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons grated Parmigiano
  • A sprig of marjoram
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) breadcrumbs
  • A pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 cups oil for frying
  • A little pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
  • The juice and the zest of an orange, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • A pinch of salt


Grate the orange peel and squeeze afterwards the orange.

sliced lemon

Put some ricotta in a bowl and add some milk to make it more creamy.

ricotta, milk and lemon mixture

Slowly work half of the juice into the ricotta.

Work the orange zest and Tabasco sauce into the mixture, salt the sauce and taste it, and chill the sauce in the fridge.


Use fresh spinach, wash it well, cut away any roots, and put it into a pot.

chopped spinach

Add the salt, and cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Drain the spinach in a sip.

spinach and egg

Once the spinach are cooled enough, squeeze out most of the moisture.

With frozen spinach, thaw it out completely.

spinach, cheese and breadcrumb to be mix

Mince the marjoram with the spinach. Transfer all to a bowl, add the egg, beaten.

spinach, cheese and breadcrumb mixture

Next, put in the cheese and a third of the breadcrumbs. Mix all well until stiff.

Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.

spinach balls raw

Put the remaining breadcrumbs in a bowl.

Take the spinach mixture with a tablespoon, scoop it and shape it into small balls.

Rolling them between the palms of your hands.

Heat the oil and when ready fry the spinach balls, turning them and pressing them down.

spinach balls

Spread about 3/4 of the ricotta based orange sauce over the bottom of a serving dish, put the spinach balls over it, and finishing with decorations made of the remaining sauce and some strips of zest.

spinach balls

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