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Weekend Visitors + Spinach Parmesan Bites

February 5, 2010

by Emily

The only thing that has gotten me through this painfully slow work week is the light at the end of the tunnel: Weekend Visitors! It has been cold, rainy, and dreary here in Houston, but as of tomorrow, the sun is expected to shine just in time for the arrival of my favorite Dallas duo: Elizabeth & Sarah!

Predictably, we have the weekend fully planned out. There will be inordinate amounts of cheese and puff pastry, wine and French baguettes. We will not skimp on story-telling and giggles, truffle oil, or honey. Of course we will be doodling and, undoubtedly, there will be a little bon-jouring. We have scheduled time for culture, catch-up, blogging, and memory-making. Don’t worry, Elizabeth and I will post to keep you posted.

For now, I am buttoning up the menu planning and even took these Spinach Parmesan Bites for a test drive the other evening. I sent this recipe to my friend, Catherine, and we agreed to immediately make a date in her “test kitchen” to attempt these delicious treats … and enjoy some wine and good company, clearly.

They were such a hit, that I am planning to prepare them for my Dallas guests! Catherine and I really enjoyed this appetizer, because they actually have quite a bit of protein in them. I think both of us even enjoyed the leftovers as lunch the following day. I am going to play with incorporating some browned, spicy Italian sausage for some added flavor on Friday.  I will let Elizabeth & Sarah let you know how they turn out!


Spinach Parmesan Bites

1 pound package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
5 eggs
1 large onion, minced
10 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 cup Parmesan, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 3/4 cups Italian-style bread crumbs
Sea salt for sprinkling, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. Center oven racks.

Squeeze the excess water from thawed spinach and place in a large mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  From the mixture, form 1-inch balls either by hand or using a small ice cream scoop.  Place close together on baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm to the touch.  Let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a platter for serving.  Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    February 5, 2010 10:50 am

    What a good sneak preview 🙂

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