Monday, May 4, 2009

popeye says, "eat your spinach kids!"

I love spinach. I like it raw in salads. I like it sauteed as a side dish. I could eat it all the time. The carnivore doesn't feel the same. He will occasionally eat it if it is diced and placed inside cheese ravioli. But, I refuse to cut this green goddess out of my diet. It packs in great things for vegetarians like me, including iron. So, sometimes when the carnivore is have a slice of his favorite meat, I make myself spinach patties. Think crab cakes without the crab. They are super satisfying. The patties can be made as big or as small as you like. When I am having them at home I make them the size of hamburger patties. But, if I am taking them to a party, I make them much smaller so that people can pop a bite-sized version in their mouths. Oh, and did I mention they are super easy to make?

To make these guys defrost a package of chopped frozen spinach in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Let it cool and drain the excess liquid. Place the spinach in a mixing bowl with one egg, 1/2 a block of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, a tblsp of garlic powder, and at least 1 cup of italian bread crumbs. Stir together until the mixture is sticky. If needed, add more bread crumbs. Form patties in your desired size. Coat a pan with olive oil and heat up. Place patties in pan and brown both sides. Drain any excess oil on a plate with a paper towel. Depending on size this can either make two servings for dinner or one platter for a small party. Best served while hot, but fine at room temperature as well. Leftovers reheat easily too.

menu ideas:
When the carnivore has ham, I like to make these. We usually have this with cooked apples and mac and cheese. But, truthfully, they make a great meat substitute at almost any meal.


  1. that sounds yummy - great for a snack im sure..

  2. What a great way to prepare spinach!

  3. My kids just loves eating spinach, I think they will love this recipe.


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