Introduction: Vegan Potato & Spinach Balls -- Fat Free

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One of the best things about this dish is that it's fat free. So no excuses, if you're on a diet.

You can fry these, but they taste better when baked. I know, very surprising!

These balls are nutritious and tasty! They are firm and crispy outside, but creamy inside.

You can substitute the Spinach, for Kale or any other leafy green you have in hand. Also, you can use sweet potato instead of regular white potato. But when using sweet potato, you have to add one tablespoon of oil and 2 tbsp of flour or the consistency will be mushy when baked.

Step 1: Ingredients

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3 big Potatoes (any kind you like)
2 or 3 cups of Spinach fresh or frozen (or any other leafy green)
3 cloves of Garlic
1 tbsp Basil
2 tbsp Chives
2 tbsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Cumin
2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)
3 tbsp White Wine (optional)

Step 2: Cooking and Serving

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Chop the potatoes in big chunks and boil until done but very firm (about 6 minutes). Add some salt to the water if you want. You can use frozen spinach, no problem with that. Just make sure to get all the water out before cooking.

Chop the Spinach like shown in the first picture, it doesn't have to be perfect. Cook it in a pan with the chopped garlic and the wine (or substitute for water) for 3 or 4 minutes until it's soft.

Chop the herbs, like shown in the pic. You don't have to use fresh, I just happen to have a mini garden of herbs. You can definitely use dried.

Mix everything in a bowl, (including the nutritional yeast if you have it on hand, if not don't worry) and let it rest until it's cool enough for you to touch it without burning your hands. It should look like pictures 3 and 4 below.

Then proceed to make small balls (like meatballs). I got 17 one and a half inch balls out of this recipe.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Make sure you put some cooking spray in your baking dish so they don't stick.


CamillaH1 (author)2015-03-12

I boiled the potatoes in 3/4 vegetable stock and 1/4 water to add some extra flavour

SlipperyKnot (author)2015-03-02

If you want these to come out really crispy on the outside, roll them in panko crumbs (or crushed cornflakes)! Makes them perfectly crunchy with a soft inside.

kkashino (author)2013-07-14

Hi, I made them and they didnt turn out crispy. Can someone please give me tips/advice/suggestions on how to make them crispy? I tried baking them 5 minutes longer but it still didnt help. Thanks a bunch!

annaffable (author)kkashino2015-02-03

I made these tonight and made a few tweeks that helped me and might help you too. I cooked the potatoes a bit longer, made the balls slightly smaller, and after baking 20 minutes instead of fifteen, they were still not as crispy as I wanted. So, I took them out and brushed each one with olive oil then put them back in and broiled for 2 - 3 minutes. And they did come out crispier. I might try making discs next time I think this might make them even better. Hope this helps!

MrymHussain (author)2014-10-05

I added 1/4th cup of yogurt and an egg to enable them to rise a bit along with salt to taste. Though of course with the yogurt in they were not firm enough to make balls so used an icecream scoop to put half spheres on my baking tray. Oh and I boiled my potatoes proper till they were crumbly. great recipe though (author)MrymHussain2014-11-03

This recipe is vegan, thanks for adding chicken menstruation and yogurt to it!

Goose Fly (author)

Wow !

ashah3 (author)2014-07-15

Hi. I don't know if I should comment here. I make these balls using a flour coating. coat the spinach potato balls with dry flour, and put them in boiling water. Remove, coat with flour and put them in boiling water again. Do this once more. In all, you will be coating and putting in boiling water thrice. Finally, coat with dry flour and fry them. I use an air fryer and they come out very crispy

shaynepoole (author)2014-07-12

I made these tonight and they were pretty awesome - thanks for sharing the recipe

aerialadventurer (author)2014-07-12

Has anyone tried freezing these? I have a bunch of potatoes from my CSA and love this recipe so I'm going to make a ton tonight and throw some in the freezer.

rosewood513 (author)2013-09-26

Thanks this looks great..

graceek (author)2013-06-04

i made this with sweet potatoes and they were amazing ! 

SuicideBlonde (author)2013-01-06

Pretty good! Veganase with sriracha makes a perfect dipping sauce.

JZjayzee (author)2012-06-01

has anyone crafted a yummy sauce for these? dairy free?

lbaird86 (author)JZjayzee2012-11-18

I made a homemade salsa using the leftover wine from cooking the spinach. Add about 25g of butter (or you could use margarine or another substitute to keep it dairy free), a few jarred jalepenos, plus a little of the juice, worcestershire sauce, tin of tomatoes, tin of lentils, red onion, capsicum and some mixed herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until most of the liquid has disappeared.

lbaird86 (author)2012-11-18

I also used Vegemite, dried herbs and a morroccan spice mix. Served it with a homemade salsa, yum yum!

JanisFay (author)2012-10-17

I just made these... they are very good :) I'm trying to figure out what i can dip them in though.... I'll try ranch dressing lol Thanks for sharing

quinault (author)2012-09-26

very nice

lianna_76131 (author)2012-08-26

In indonesia it call PERKEDEL, pretty similar only PERKEDEL is fried :)

bwood1 (author)2011-04-15

i think youre missing some instructions about the potatoes?

NiKiToS (author)bwood12011-05-05

At a guess mash them.
Any flour needed?

jsharpe3 (author)NiKiToS2012-07-24

I would guess no. Since it wasn't listed in the instructions. However, if your potato mixture is not holding up, a sprinkling of flour might help. Try grabbing some in your hand and then sprinkling a little bit of flour on each one. But, you might not need it.

ShopCookMake (author)NiKiToS2011-05-05

Yes, they will get mashed when you mix everything in a bowl. Refer to the pictures for the right consistency.

VintageVera (author)2012-04-01

Due to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I got tired halfway through making this so instead of making balls, I just scooped everything into the pan and cooked it like a hash. Served in bowls. Thanks for this recipe.

sfisher7 (author)2012-03-25

OOOO Yummie~

bree.jay (author)2011-07-10

Yum yum, and more yum!! This was a wonderful recipe, I've already made it twice in one week. ^_^ Although I did slightly change it up - adding cheese, a little bit of milk, and some salt & pepper to taste. Once you eat one of these, you won't be able to stop! They barely get into the oven, they taste so delicious. Just as bad as cookie dough =P

Thanks for the great recipe! As someone who is usually quite scared of the kitchen, I am so thankful for instructables, and simple, but delicious easy-to-read recipes like this.

sockless (author)2011-04-21

I just made this last night.
My vegan brother was coming round for dinner and we were having roast lamb, I completely forgot about him coming over though, so I hadn't made anything for him. I quickly rushed over to instructables and found this. He loved them!

I made a few changes though, I used cabbage instead of spinach, as I didn't have any spinach on me. Instead of the herbs here (except garlic), I added in curry powder, turmeric and chili powder, the combination worked amazingly, it tasted great. I also used Vegemite instead of nutritional yeast, which seemed to give it a really nice flavour,

eyewalk (author)sockless2011-07-02

Tried it with the curry powder and Vegemite - outstanding!

pinoykiddo (author)2010-10-06

im trying to be vegan and this looks like a great start! wish me luck!! =)

Spray Guard (author)pinoykiddo2011-04-14


athill (author)2011-03-27

I am horrible at baking and managed to not boil the potatoes enough, but when they were done they were okay, I just added SALT and took them to a get together so melted cheese on some of them..

godoggie (author)2011-03-03

Just made these! They're awesome but definitely need some sauce in my humble opinion. Thanks for the recipe!

Coulro (author)2010-12-19

Those look really good. I'd like to try making some.

geraldvirieux (author)2010-09-05

Just put them in the oven ,And cooking veggie sausages to go with them.

victoriamelida (author)2010-06-17

I made'em with broccoli. They didn't have such a smooth look as yours but they were certainly delicious.

november21 (author)2010-05-08

Delic, even my omnivore little brother loved them. Thanks a bunch.

frenzy (author)2010-04-17

These look so good, i must be hungry, i'll makes these tomorrow!

GeekyGirl1103 (author)2010-03-30

Mmm, very good! It could have definitely used some salt, but it was very yummy.  I can guarantee I'm going to make this again.

b1russell (author)2010-03-08

Potatoes, check; spinach, check; garlic, OH yeah; herbs, yep, yep, yep, yep . . . Looks like I'm cookin' with gas!  Thanks for the recipe!  (Looks yummy.)

Jenn13 (author)2010-01-15

This looks great!  I will try this recipe!

basjan (author)2009-04-29

It looks great and is healthy. Thanks for your recipe.

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