Collard Green Balls

This is another crowd pleasing recipe for any gathering. It is easy to put together and I usually prep it the day before so all that has to be done the next day is throw them in the oven. I usually serve these by themselves, but they are also great with a few dipping sauce options such as whole grain mustard, homemade tomato sauce, or a sour cream and herb dip.

3 cups finely chopped and sauteed greens such as collard greens, spinach, kale, or chard. You can also use any frozen greens making sure to thaw and drain well.

2 cups bread crumbs or panko

¾ cup shredded cheese, I used a mixture of parmesan and manchego

¼ cup (2 ounces) cream cheese

1 stick of butter, melted

4 eggs

1-2 cloves of garlic, finely minced

1 small red pepper, finely diced

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp fresh chopped herbs

1 lemon, zested

Mix everything together in a large bowl. I used my hands to mix this making sure everything was really well combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hour or overnight.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

You can use a baking sheet or a mini muffin tin, I used both. Roll the mixture into bite sized balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until just crispy. Do not overbake.

~ Recipe and Photos by Meghan Feilmeier

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