Monday, June 30, 2014

Spinach Bites with Mustard Dill Dip

Sundays are always our crazy days. We try to make them a family day that we will hang out and do fun activities, but our projects always get the best of us. Whether it's lawn work, cleanup from the rest of the weekend or running around and hanging out with friends and family, we never usually are sitting around having a relaxing, ho-hum day.

To our amazement, we recently got to enjoy one of the ho-hum Sundays. I didn't want to waste it in the kitchen, but I love having really fun food for days we're just hanging around so I usually make little appetizers and munchies (this usually puts me in the kitchen for a lot of the day, but I love being in the kitchen, so no complaints!).

Paul and I both wanted the same thing. A really good mustard. If you don't know this about me, I despise ketchup. I don't like the flavor. I don't even like the smell. I am a mustard girl. My haven is The Mustard Museum in Middleton, WI. Amazing place, amazing mustards ... all different types of mustards and from all over the world. It was there that I bought and proudly wear a shirt reading, 'Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Ketchup' and it shows a mustard bottle stomping on a ketchup bottle. Sorry, I digress ... the point is, we wanted mustard!

The first thing that came to my mind so that we could enjoy a good mustard was homemade pretzel bites, but I knew that would put me in the kitchen for a while. I stayed along those lines, but went a quicker route: Spinach Bites. I didn't want them to just be a smaller version of my Spinach Burgers so these have more cheese and egg and don't have beans or nuts in them. This makes them moister which is perfect for a little bite!

The only thing I did different the next time I made these was to make a double batch because the kids scarfed them down so fast that Paul and I only got a couple each! They even used the Mustard Dill Dip!

Spinach Bites

Makes 15 balls

1/3 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T butter
10 oz frozen spinach
1 c breadcrumbs or rice chips
3/4 c cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t worsteshire sauce

Sauté onion and garlic in butter until onion begins to be translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients. It helps if you get your hands in there and really get that spinach mixed around! Scoop into 1 in size balls and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.

Spinach Bites

Spinach Bites

Mustard Dill Dip

3 T sour cream
3 T dijon mustard
1 t fresh dill, chopped

Mix your dip ingredients and serve when ready!

Spinach Balls

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