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Spinach and Cheese Pretzel Balls with Sweet Currant Dijon Dipping Sauce

Spinach Cheese Pretzel Balls

This recipe is completely the result of me just playing in my kitchen. And they really are very good – and I’m laughing as I say that because I’m so surprised! I figured these could go either way, but DAMN if they aren’t delicious! I had read a recipe recently for “pretzel-fried pickles” and that got me thinking of using pretzels to coat something. Fishing around my fridge, I found the spinach and went with it. The currant jelly and dijon dipping sauce is killer – tangy and sweet with a little kick. And the spinach balls themselves – who’d have ever thought pretzels and spinach go great together?!

Spinach and Cheese Pretzel Balls with Sweet Currant Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • 1 c pretzels (shape is not important – I used mini-sticks)
  • 1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
  • 1 T onion, very finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t kosher salt
  • ½ T flour
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 t country dijon (I prefer Grey Poupon Country Dijon)
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, melted
  • Sweet Currant Dijon Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 400F.

In a small chopper or food processor, pulse the pretzels into crumbs. Alternatively, the pretzels can be crushed in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the spinach, onion, and egg. Sprinkle over the baking powder, salt, and flour and mix in. Mix in the cheese. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the melted butter, and then the pretzels and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle each ball with just a little extra butter (or alternatively, spray the balls with cooking spray).

Bake at 400F for 10 minutes or until sizzly and the coating is toasty! Makes a dozen balls (but recipe can be easily doubled to serve more!)

Sweet Currant Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ c red currant jelly
  • 2 T country dijon
  • ¼ t Sriracha hot sauce

Mix in a small bowl. Giving the jelly a quick (10 second) zap in the microwave helps soften it to incorporate with the mustard and Sriracha.


Spinach Cheese Pretzel Balls

Spinach Cheese Pretzel Balls

Spinach Cheese Pretzel Balls

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