Spinach Balls – Easy Gluten-free Party Appetizer

Our Spinach Balls, full of fresh spinach and cheese, are a quick, easy & gluten-free appetizer that’s sure to be a hit with everyone at your next party.

Spinach Balls main | 2CookinMamas - a delicious gluten-free and super easy appetizer full of fresh spinach and cheddar cheese.

I’ve been testing gluten-free appetizers this week to find the best ones for the big game next weekend between Florida & FSU. My daughter will be in town for the holidays and, being gluten-free, I wanted to find a few delicious appetizers she could eat.

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This game is a big deal for our family. We are a house divided – it’s rivalry time! My husband and I went to Florida while my daughter and son went to FSU. I know you’re probably thinking what our Gator friends are always saying – what did we do wrong! lol May the best team win! Go Gators! 🙂

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Now back to my appetizer! These spinach balls came out so well that my husband and I ate the entire plate of them! (I’m still licking my lips) They brown up nicely, stay together well, and have a nice cheesy taste with the spinach. They are the perfect finger food and would be great for any get-together. I dipped ours in ketchup but I bet a pesto would be nice as well.


Spinach Balls


  • 6 cups fresh spinach leaves (I like to buy the baby spinach as it’s more tender)
  • 4 large eggs (3 extra large)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper or a silpat.

Wash spinach well. Place leaves in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water & a little salt. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Immediately drain & place in ice water to stop cooking.

Squeeze all the excess water out of the spinach, then chop. Place back into bowl.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Using a small cookie scoop or your hands, form into balls. Place onto prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned on top.

Serve immediately with ketchup, hummus or even pesto.

Makes approximately 30 appetizers.

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